Vioxx lawsuits merge in federal court
Last week, the New York Times reported that hundreds of Vioxx
lawsuits, individual and class actions, will be consolidated in a
federal court in New Orleans before Judge Eldon E. Fallon.
The lawsuits filed against Merck & Company allege death and heart
problems from taking its pain relief drug Vioxx.
According to the New York Times, Fallon has had previous experience in
overseeing settlements for federal injury claims, in instances such as
Propulsid, the heartburn drug made by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.
Merck pulled Vioxx in Sept. 2004 from all markets after a study found
that it increases a patients' risk of heart attack and stroke.
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