I read an interesting article on 4 new Vioxx pain reliever trials about to come into the public forum. These trials are for former clients of this FDA pulled pain killing drug, who claim that their various health woes, from heart problems, to the death of a loved one, are directly related to the victim taking Vioxx. There are currently 11 cases slated to begin in the next five months alone, against the powerful drug company Merck & Co.
According to Yahoo News, “More than 9,200 lawsuits involving 18,250 plaintiff groups have been filed against Merck, which pulled Vioxx off the market in September 2004. Merck took the action because of a study that showed the drug was associated with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes after 18 months of use. So far Merck’s courtroom record is mixed — one win, one loss and one hung jury, all in cases involving relatively short-term use of the pain drug.”
“Merck has ruled out the possibility of a mass settlement, at least in public, noting that the studies do not show increased risk until 18 months of use and many plaintiffs had other risk factors for cardiac problems. Even if the company changes its mind later on, its early aggressive strategy could help discourage marginal suits, and a winning streak could persuade other plaintiffs to settle for less.”