A jury found Merck & Co. liable on Wednesday for one of two former Vioxx users' heart attacks in a split verdict that awarded $4.5 million in damages to one of the plaintiffs and $45 to the other to compensate him for the cost of the medication. The jury found the company failed to adequately warn both men about the risk factors linking the painkiller to heart attacks and strokes, but said the drug was only a factor in one of the men's illnesses.
Jury Splits Verdict in Two New Jersey Vioxx Lawsuits
The Associated Press
April 6, 2006