In the fourth victory for drug maker Merck & Co. in five federal trials, a New Orleans jury has rejected a Tennessee man's claim that the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx was a cause of his heart attack. The jury said it found no evidence that Merck failed to adequately warn the man's doctors of risks posed by Vioxx. The plaintiff's lawyer acknowledged at trial that his client had other risk factors for heart attack, including tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cocaine use.
Jury Finds for Merck at Federal Vioxx Trial in New Orleans
The Associated Press
December 14, 2006