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November 16, 2006

Vioxx Class Action Authorized By Canadian Judge

A judge in Quebec has authorized a class action suit againt Merck & Co. involving injuries alleged to have resulted from the use of VIoxx, the arthritis painkiller withdrawn from the market nearly three years ago by the company.  The class would include an undetermined number of Vioxx users from that province who claim that their use of the drug caused them physical harm.  Excluded from the class is a much larger number of people who took Vioxx and want reimbursements for the drug's costs but who are not claiming other injury.  This class certification, as well as the earlier certification of a class in New Jersey that would include unions, health plans and other third-party payors, undermines Merck's strategy of defending each lawsuit individually.  See Linda Johnson's story for the Associated Press.

JDP

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