Vioxx Lawsuit

 

“Is overmedicating the wave of the future?”

“Not necessarily.  The thousands of lawsuits pending against pharmaceutical giant Merck over the side effects of its painkiller Vioxx may have a profound effect on our public and private regulatory systems.  The Food and Drug Administration already has tightened its protocols.”

“Influential medical journals now are calling for an international clinical trial medical registry.  This is crucial.  Right now, a pharmaceutical company can conduct a dozen trials for a new drug…only publish the positive-result trials…then use those as evidence for drug approval or marketing.  Drug companies should have to register every study in a central database and publish results so that we can judge for ourselves what to allow into our medicine cabinets.” --Excerpt from The Medicating of America article

Vioxx is one of a new group of pharmaceuticals called COX-2 inhibitors.  It is used to treat adults who experience acute pain, patients who have symptoms of osteoarthritis, and women who have painful menstrual cycles.

Side effects of this drug can include upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, swelling of the lower legs or feet, high blood pressure.

Further research has found that Vioxx has been connected to five instances of a nonbacterial type of meningitis.

Other side effects include increased chances for heart attack, kidney damage, and in rare cases, serious ulcers.

August 19, 2005

Vioxx® Settlement

On October 1, 2004, an entry here (Merck Withdraws Vioxx®) announced the decision by the company for a voluntary withdrawal of their arthritis and pain medication Vioxx® (rofecoxib) because study results showed that patients who used the drug for 18 months had an increased risk of cardovascular (CV) events, such as heart attack and stroke. In the first personal-injury case over the drug to come to trial, on August 19, 2005 a jury ruled that Merck & Co. must pay more than $253 million to the family of a Texas man who died after taking the company's Vioxx painkiller.

Settlement news from this page: http://chronicfatigue.about.com/b/a/195234.htm

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Please see your doctor regarding your health condition and contact your attorney for your legal rights regarding a Vioxx lawsuit.  Please keep in mind that there may be a deadline to file your claim so act now!

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