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Jurors who found Merck & Co. liable Friday for the death of a Texas man said they expected pharmaceutical companies to get the message from their $253.4 million verdict that consumers need safe drugs.

“They needed to be held accountable for putting a drug out there that shouldn’t be out there,” said Stacy Smith, a 21-year-old child care provider who stood with the majority in the 10-2 vote in favor of the man’s widow, Carol Ernst.

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