Merck Canada Settles Vioxx Class Action

This is a settlement for the Merck & Co. lawsuit.

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Toronto, ON: Merck has settled a Canadian Vioxx class action lawsuit by agreeing to pay up to $37 million to people who took the drug and subsequently developed heart problems. Depending on the number of claims, the settlement could be as much as $37 million, with $10 million in costs and fees. Plaintiffs' lawyer said up to 2,000 Canadians may be eligible for compensation.

Vioxx (Rofecoxib) was on the market from 1999 to 2004, prescribed to patients as a pain-reliever for arthritis, osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, and other acute pain. Vioxx was recalled and pulled off the market when it was linked to deadly side effects heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and arrythmia. This led to billions of dollars' worth of litigation, including a $4.85 billion settlement that covers most of the U.S. plaintiffs.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
Sheryl Kells
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I took this drug for many years ,was hospitalized June 2003 ICU for a week with heart problems.
I was very healthy healthy person just took it for osteoarthritis . I did previously contact legal representation for the class action in Canada but never heard the settlement was reached. What the heck???!!

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