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December 18, 2006

Drug Maker Merck Prevails in Two More Vioxx Trials

Last week, juries returned verdicts in favor of Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Vioxx, in two cases involving claims that the drug caused the plaintiff's heart attacks.  In the first case, tried in federal court in New Orleans, a Tennessee man blamed his 2003 heart attack on the arthritis pain drug.  He claimed that Vioxx created a heart attack risk and that Merck had failed to adequately warn doctors about that risk.  However, he had other coronary risk factors including tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cocaine use.  He failed to convince the jury that Vioxx was the cause of his heart attack.  See Mary Foster's story for The Associated Press.  In the other case, after deliberating only 90 minutes, an Alabama jury rejected the claim of a man who blamed his 2001 heart attack on Vioxx.  See Jay Reeves' story for The Associated Press.

JDP

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