A jury in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday ordered Merck & Co. to pay $9 million in punitive damages to a user of Vioxx, finding the drug maker knowingly withheld data from federal regulators about the painkiller’s cardiovascular risks.
After a three-day trial on punitive damages, the jurors found clear and convincing evidence that Merck withheld material information about Vioxx from the Food and Drug Administration and that its conduct was deliberately meant to harm.
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