Vioxx Recall Lawsuits
Vioxx Arthritis Drug Side Effects
Vioxx Recalled by Merck
Clinical Trials show connection to Heart Attack and Stroke.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has linked the popular and heavily marketed arthritis drug, Vioxx, to dangerous blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.

Legal action against the drug's manufacturer, Merck is going forward. The recent Vioxx study brings to light questions as to when Merck was first aware that fatal side effects were associated with Vioxx, and whether it failed to timely inform public health authorities of these side effects. Additionally the heavy marketing campaign may have resulted in over prescription of the drug and led many people to use it without understanding its dangers. Therefore legal action may be filed against Merck for failure to warn, negligence and wrongful death.

Additional Dangers

There are other serious side effects associated with Vioxx. These include: stomach and intestinal bleeding. These conditions may come about suddenly with few or no symptoms. If left untreated these stomach problems can lead to hospitalization or death. Vioxx has also been linked to allergic reactions including swelling of face, lips, tongue, and throat which can cause difficulty breathing and/or swallowing. Serious kidney problems can occur, though rare, they can include acute kidney failure. Symptoms of liver problems include nausea, tiredness, itching, tenderness in the right upper abdomen, and flu-like symptoms.

Legal Action

The Vioxx study has led to questions as to when Merck was first aware that potentially fatal side effects were associated with Vioxx and whether it failed to timely inform public health authorities of these side effects.

One of the principal allegations in any likely lawsuit would be whether any clinical evidence or reports from physicians of serious side effects of Vioxx was withheld.

Additionally, Merck has extensively marketed Vioxx as safe and highly effective, while minimizing its risks compared to the other arthritis pain treatment drugs on the market.

In general, the types of damages sought against Merck may include general and compensatory damages for: past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment; past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses; and past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity.

If you or a family member have suffered serious side effects or a fatal injury such as a heart attack or stroke after using Vioxx, you or the family member may be eligible to file a claim against the drug manufacturer. Contact an attorney below to discuss your legal rights at no cost or obligation.


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