Multi-Million Dollar Decision in Vioxx Lawsuit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/05

Multi-Million Dollar Decision in Vioxx Lawsuit

Friday, jurors awarded more than $250 million in damages in the first of thousands of Vioxx related lawsuits.

"This should be a wake up call. The consumers have a right to know what the risks are when you take a drug," says Carol Ernst.

Robert Ernst suffered a heart attack in 2001 while taking that arthritis painkiller. Now his wife, Carol, has won her lawsuit against Merck Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the drug that she says killed her husband.

"There are some on Wall Street who think Vioxx needs to stock away billions of dollars to settle these cases in the long run," says Michael Huckman, CNBC.

It was last September when Merck voluntarily pulled Vioxx from the market after a study found an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking the drug.

As of today, more than 4,000 other Vioxx claims are pending nationwide.

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