cialis online

Vioxx Lawsuit Asks that Merck Pay for Medical Monitoring

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Vioxx users, anxious that they could have unknowingly suffered health consequences from using the defective drug, have taken Vioxx maker Merck to court in New Jersey. The former Vioxx users want Merck to pay for medical monitoring in order to insure that they have not suffered from a “silent heart attack” as a result of their Vioxx use.

Vioxx was pulled from the market by Merck three years ago after research indicated that it could double a patient’s risk of heart attacks and strokes. Before the Vioxx recall, the arthritis drug had been one of Merck’s biggest selling drugs. The recall came after a Food & Drug Administration analysis of patients using Vioxx linked the defective drug to more than 27,000 heart attacks or sudden cardiac deaths in the U.S. from 1999 through 2003.

Now, New Jersey residents Robbie Traylor and Joseph Murray have asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to certify a class action for their Vioxx lawsuit, which seeks to have Merck pay for their medical monitoring. Both took Vioxx for years, but are not exhibiting heart symptoms right now. If certified a class action, the lawsuit would cover about 233,000 New Jersey Vioxx users; and if it is successful, Merck would have to pay out about $35 million for the medical testing. Each plaintiff covered by the class action would then be entitled to an EKG exam to see if they had an undetected heart attack. According to the plaintiff’s attorneys, it is likely that about 1,800 of the 233,000 Vioxx users would discover that they suffered heart damage as the result of Vioxx.

For its part, Merck is claiming that such a lawsuit is not allowed under New Jersey’s product liability law. Rather, the company’s attorneys argue that the state law only allows medical monitoring when there is evidence of a specific injury. But the Vioxx users’ lawyers argued that without medical monitoring, many of the plaintiffs will never know if they suffered injuries from Vioxx side effects.

Merck is facing more than 26,000 law suits filed by 47,000 plaintiffs as the result of Vioxx side effects. In addition, the company might also have to defend 265 potential class action lawsuits. Merck has also been sued by several states in an effort to recoup the money state health programs spent on Vioxx prescriptions.

Merck has said that it plans to fight each Vioxx lawsuit individually, and will appeal any case it looses. Merck says that it had reserved $1.92 billion to fight Vioxx lawsuits, and has already spent around $1.2 billion.

« »

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

NEWS CATEGORIES

GOVERNMENT NOTICES

ARCHIVES


Defective Johnson & Johnson Depuy ASR Hip Implants

The Johnson & Johnson Depuy ASR Hip Implant is suppose to last 15 years, but can fail in only a few years after surgery. Victims with faulty hip implants endure excruciating pain, pain in the groin, death of tissue in the hip joint and loss of surrounding bone. GET ALL THE FACTS NOW! CLICK HERE!
defective-hip-replacement.com

CAT Scans Radiation Exposure

If you had a CT or CAT scan and now have a band of missing hair, skin reddening or any other problems possibly related to a radiation overdose, you may have been exposed to much radiation due to incorrect settings on these machines. CONTACT US TODAY!
CAT-Scans-Radiation-Exposure.com

Water Contamination From Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing of Fracking a way to extract natural gas from shale is contaminating water supplies across the country. Get the facts to keep your drinking water safe for your family.
WaterContaminationFrom Fracking.com

Overexposure to PCBs

Many people unknowingly have been exposed to high levels of PCBs. Recently 3 schools in NY City were found to have dangerous levels of PCBs throughout. Many workers for Monsanto, General Electric, and Westinghouse were exposed to high levels of PCBs. PCBs are a dangerous toxic substance that doesn't break down easily and can cause chloracne, bleeding and neurological disorders, liver damage, spontaneous abortions, malformed babies, cancer, and death. GET THE FACTS!
Overexposure to PCBs.com

Great Photography

Tallis Photo, the number one photographer for great corporate, wedding, and special occasion photos. CONTACT US TODAY!
TallisPhoto.com

Poligrip Lawsuit

Super Poligrip or Fixodent May Cause Nerve Damage. 800-LAW-INFO
Poligrip-Lawsuit.com

Personal Injury Lawyer Nassau County

If you or someone you love was injured CONTACT US TODAY!
Nassau-Personal-Injury-Lawyer-Online.com

Nursing Home Blog

When a loved one is abused at a nursing home, it is time to take action. STOP nursing home abuse!
nursing-home-blog.com

Car Accident Lawyer Nassau County

If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident CONTACT US TODAY!
www.nassau-car-accident-lawyer-online.com

Suffolk County Auto Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident in Suffolk County, NY CONTACT US TODAY!
www.suffolk-car-accident-lawyer-online.com

Don't Be Denied Veterans Benefits

If you or someone you love was denied veterans benefits CONTACT US TODAY!
www.veterans-benefits-denial.com

Oil Rig Spills Lawyer

Oil Rig Spills harm the environment and cause heavy losses to coastal game and fishing industries, as well as a loss of waterway usage, resulting in a loss of income to individuals and businesses, and a loss of beach front usage. Don't let a spill cause you harm, CONTACT US TODAY!
www.oil-rig-spills.com

Whistle Blower

Stand up and say what you think is right. See something, say something.
whistlebloweradvisor.com