Merck won a crucial legal victory on Thursday, when jurors decided that the drugmaker's Vioxx painkiller, the subject of at least 16,000 product liability lawsuits, didn't cause a 68-year-old woman's heart attack. The case was the first in which jurors considered whether Merck failed to warn patients about the drug's cardiac risks, rather than just doctors as in prior trials. The jury also found that Merck did not violate New Jersey's consumer fraud law.
Jury Absolves Merck in N.J. Woman's Heart Attack
The Associated Press
July 14, 2006