Vioxx Injury Lawyer

October 29, 2014 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
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:
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Death
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 Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today. Just because the drug is no longer on the market does not mean you are not entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Information Regarding Vioxx Lawsuits

Tens of thousands of people filed claims against Merck and many made the following claims:
  • Merck manufactured and sold a dangerous product
  • Merck intentionally engaged in deceptive advertising regarding the risks of Vioxx
  • Merck colluded with the FDA to conceal the true risks of Vioxx
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.

Contact a Clearwater, Florida Vioxx Lawyers for a free consultation

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 Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We offer free consultations, so please use our online contact form or call our office at (727) 451-6900 for assistance today.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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