A New Jersey state jury dealt Merck & Co. a mixed verdict Friday in the drugmaker's latest trial over its former painkiller Vioxx. The Atlantic City jury ruled Merck was negligent and did not properly warn doctors about the cardiovascular risks in the case of Frederick "Mike" Humeston, 61, a former Vioxx user who survived a heart attack. The jury ruled against the second plaintiff in the trial, deciding Merck was not negligent in its marketing of Vioxx but had violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law.
Jury: Merck Was Negligent, Committed Consumer Fraud
The Associated Press
March 5, 2007