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Saturday, 27 August 2005 12:29
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Merck considers settling Vioxx cases
The US pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck has revealed it is considering settling a number of lawsuits concerning its controversial painkiller Vioxx.

The drug was withdrawn last year after researchers found it could double the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Merck was recently ordered to pay out £141m after a Texas jury found the firm had been negligent in a case where Vioxx had caused a manís death.

The company is now facing thousands of lawsuits from around the world, including at least 120 from Britain.

Kent Jarrell, a Merck spokesman, said the firm would initially consider cases where patients took the drug for 18 months or more with minimal heart risk factor.

The move comes only days after Merck said it would fight each and every personal injury lawsuit as the company appeared keen to deter anyone without a watertight case from taking action.


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