Vioxx was a new type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) released by pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck & Co. in 1999. Unlike other painkillers such as naproxen or ibuprofen, Vioxx directly targeted and inhibited the OCX-2 enzyme, which causes pain and inflammation. For this reason, Vioxx was advertised as more effective for relief of menstrual cramps, arthritis, and other causes of acute pain.
Shortly after its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sources show that Merck realized Vioxx substantially increased the risk of heart attack and other adverse cardiovascular events in users. Despite these realizations, Merck continued to aggressively market Vioxx for several years as the number one painkiller in the pharmaceutical market. Finally, in 2004, Merck stopped manufacturing and selling Vioxx, though many patients who took the drug had already suffered the following:
If you suffered any serious medical complications due to Vioxx or any other drug, it is highly important that you contact the experienced attorneys at the Dolman Law Group, today. Just because the drug is no longer on the market does not mean you are not entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Tens of thousands of people filed claims against Merck and many made the following claims:
Thus far, Merck has paid out nearly $5 billion to injured consumers and has also paid $950 million in criminal fines related to its fraudulent behavior.
Many victims of the dangerous side effects of Vioxx may not have made the connection between the development of their serious medical condition and taking the painkiller. Legal issues continue to arise regarding the risks of serious side effects of Vioxx and Merck’s efforts to conceal these risks. Therefore, if you have suffered a severe medical complication or injury as a result of taking Vioxx, you should always consult with an experienced products liability attorney at the Dolman Law Group. We offer free consultations, so please use our online contact form or call our office at (727) 451-6900 for assistance today.