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Litigation -vs- Vioxx Cox-2 Inhibitors (also Bextra, and Celebrex)

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Merck & Co., Inc., is the giant American pharmaceutical company that created Vioxx and made it available to more than 20 million patients in the U.S. since May 21, 1999. The law requires pharmaceutical companies to ensure that a prescription drug, like Vioxx, (or Bextra, and Celebrex), is not defective and dangerous to ordinary consumers. 

In 2002, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required Merck to provide clear labeled warnings of serious side effects exhibited from patients taking Vioxx. Data from Vioxx medical studies as early as 2000 show evidence that Merck knew of serious side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolisms and blood clotting, resulting from extended Vioxx usage.

Merck failed to warn all Vioxx patients of these risks and side effects. On September 30, 2004, Merck withdrew Vioxx from the U.S. drug market after further medical studies reconfirmed the serious increased risks of cardiovascular disease from prolonged Vioxx usage.

If you have been a Vioxx patient, especially for a period of 18 months or more, and have suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism or blood clot during, or following the use of Vioxx, it is possible that you have a legal claim.

Lawyers can help you determine whether you have a legal claim to recover compensation for damages to your health. Find a law firm tha has substantial experience representing injured clients in investigating, prosecuting and trying to a jury the kinds of complex claims involved in pursuing a pharmaceutical products liability lawsuit.

A three-year study of 1,300 Vioxx users found 15 cases of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots; this was three times the number reported among participants taking a placebo. Merck maintains this risk was relatively low, but it nonetheless was enough to warrant a Vioxx recall to prevent further injury.

It is important to the note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration didn't order the Vioxx recall, although it did issue a public health advisory to all Vioxx users about the recall and how Vioxx can cause injury: anyone who uses Vioxx should stop taking it immediately and talk to a doctor about an alternative medication.

Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, and other COX-2 inhibitors are dangerous. If you have taken Vioxx, you may be able to file pharmaceutical litigation claim today, and you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in pharmaceutical litigation today to find out more about Vioxx, Vioxx - related injury, the Vioxx recall, and how to file a Vioxx claim.

Along with Vioxx, other COX-2 inhibitors are eligible for litigation, see also Bextra, Vioxx, and Celebrex.