Vioxx, or Rofecoxib, is a medicine used to treat arthritis pain. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 and is produced by the drug manufacturer Merck. In late 2004, research conducted by the FDA and Merck concluded that there was an excessive risk of heart problems and stroke linked to Vioxx. Vioxx has since been removed from the market.
How Many People Have Been Affected by Vioxx?
The FDA estimates that Vioxx may have contributed to nearly 30,000 fatal heart attacks and cardiac arrests between 1999 and 2004. Another study by FDA safety reviewer David Graham suggests that Vioxx may have caused up to 140,000 heart attacks between 1999 and 2004. Merck acknowledges that using Vioxx doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke in users but vigorously denies these estimated figures.
Do I Have a Claim Against Merck?
If you are one of the 80 million people that have taken Vioxx, then you may have a claim if you are at higher risk of heart disease or stroke or have experienced either. You may also have a claim if a spouse or close family member has died from using Vioxx.
How Many Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Merck for Vioxx Injuries?
As of May 2005, roughly 2,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases have been filed against Merck. Merck has set aside $675 million in anticipation of litigation.
Should I Contact a Lawyer Regarding My Claim Relating to Vioxx?
If you or a loved one has suffered damages from your use of Vioxx, you should contact a products liability lawyer. Taking on a pharmaceutical giant like Merck is no easy task and an attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.