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Friday, November 04, 2005
Vioxx lawsuit


Large pharmaceutical conglomerate, Merck, celebrated their courtroom victory over a man who had allegedly suffered a heart attack after using the painkiller Vioxx. Now, Merck is still facing thousands of lawsuits over Vioxx, which was rushed through the FDA screening process even though the company knew there were serious risks associated with the drug. I'm not going to bore you with the details, but I found their defense in this particular case kind of interesting.

Merck cannot really deny the danger that Vioxx posed to many, many consumers. But they won the case yesterday based on their assertion that the plaintiff had not taken Vioxx long enough in order to blame his heart attack on its use.

In other words, if he had not had a heart attack when he did, eventually Vioxx would have killed him.

Quality control in George W. Bush's America.

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