With the state court score at 1-1 in the high-stakes game of Vioxx litigation, the nation's first federal Vioxx trial begins today in Houston. Because the plaintiff's late husband took Vioxx for only a short time, the trial may help test Merck's defense contention that the drug does not result in heart problems after fewer than 18 months of use. The battle over short-term and long-term use of Vioxx is "extraordinarily important" for the hundreds of pending cases, says one plaintiffs lawyer.
Hundreds of Cases Hang in Balance as First Federal Vioxx Trial Begins
November 29, 2005