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November 17, 2006

Federal Jury Clears Merck in Latest Vioxx Trial

A federal jury in New Orleans returned a defense verdict in a case brought by a man who suffered a heart attack in 2003 after taking Vioxx for 10 1/2 months.  He had not taken the drug during the four days immediately preceding his heart attack, a point given much emphasis in closing argument by the defense.  In the eleven Vioxx cases tried thus far, Merck has won two previous cases tried in federal court and lost one.  In state courts, it has won three and lost three.  In a fourth state case decided in Merck's favor, the judge later ordered a retrial.  This was the fourth case tried before Judge Eldon Fallon who is handling pretrial matters for all federal lawsuits.  A fifth case is scheduled to go to trial in Fallon's court on November 27th.  See Janet McConnaughey's story for the Associated  Press.

JDP

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