In a similar replay of the Vioxx
saga, the FDA withdrew Zelnorm, manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., last month because of concerns by health department officials that it might cause heart attacks and strokes.
But within the space of a year the 59-year-old grandmother-of-two from Cramlington had suffered a stroke and Vioxx
had been banned by doctors fearful of life-threatening side-effects.
"We found that for both Vioxx
and Celebrex, DTC tended to increase visits by patients with osteoarthritis to their physicians.
CITATION: Drug Recall Litigation Reporter (Andrews Publication), Volume 10, issue 04, Tuesday, September 26, 2006 (byline of Ronald V Baker, Andrews Staff Writer); see also In re Vioxx
Products Liability Litigation, 2006 WL 2504353 (E.
The company's admission is expected to play a key role in lawsuits from patients who say that Vioxx
caused their heart attacks and strokes.
At stake during the myriad of Vioxx
trials, however, is not just whether manufacturer Merck & Co.
We also collected information on television advertising spending for Vioxx
and Celebrex for each month in 75 media markets.
Indeed, the first Vioxx
trial offers instructive lessons for risk managers and claim professionals who grapple with liability issues.
Cliff Dalton, 77, of Marton, Middlesbrough, started taking Vioxx
in May 2001 for severe rheumatoid arthritis.
Consider the flimsy evidence the Texas jury used to find against Vioxx
. First, one clinical trial by Merck showed an elevated risk of heart attack in patients who took heavy doses of Vioxx
for at least eighteen months.
Around this time in 2004, safety questions about Vioxx
were making the headlines, congressional testimony was looming and Merck's future looked grim.
Almost everyone is now aware of the fact that Celebrex and Vioxx
, two prescription pain medications primarily intended to help arthritis sufferers, have recently come under tough scrutiny and were almost pulled from the market because their use substantially increases the risks of serious complications--such as heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disorders.
Professor Michael Langman played a key role in championing the anti-arthritis drug Vioxx
US PHARMACEUTICAL giant Merck will consider settling a limited number of legal cases over its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx
pay more than a quarter of a billion dollars in damages to the widow of a man who died after taking the painkiller Vioxx
- even though Vioxx
probably didn't cause his death.