Vioxx was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999 as a new painkiller to aid people with pain and personal injury. Unfortunately, Vioxx caused more personal injury as it was treating.
Merck & Co., the company responsible for producing Vioxx, must defend against a proposed class-action fraud lawsuit that accuses the drug maker of lying to investors about the risks possible from Vioxx after several products liability and personal injury lawsuits occurred.
Our firm’s personal injury lawyers in San Diego know the hazardous possibilities that come with potentially dangerous drugs. New treatments can sometimes have side effects not immediately known but realized after the side effect causes serious personal injury or even wrongful death.
Vioxx has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, and as a result, Merck removed Vioxx from the market in 2004. The first Vioxx product-liability lawsuit was filed in May 2001, and in September 2001 federal regulators said marketing campaigns did not voice potential heart risks.
The first investor suit was filed in November 2003, more than three years after results of a study that showed Vioxx caused five times more heart attacks than naproxen, a rival pain medication.
Merck agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle more than 26,000 product liability patient lawsuits in 2007.
Not only did Merck lie to investors, but more importantly, consumers. The San Diego personal injury attorneys at our firm believe that companies who are making products that are supposed to “help” consumers with personal injury should make sure the products they make to aid personal injury do not cause more personal injury.
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