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Arthritis affects around 40 million Americans, causing pain and joint deterioration. So, when Merck & Co., Inc. launched its new ground breaking COX-2 inhibitor drug VIOXX in 1999, it was distributed to more than 30,000 pharmacies just eleven days after approval.

VIOXX is Merck's second largest-selling medicine, and it is this fact that leaves Merck in the middle of 4 federal lawsuits, a number of state lawsuits, individual claims, and class actions. The FDA issued a "Warning Letter" to Merck on September 17, 2001 to cease certain marketing efforts because their promotional activities and materials are "false, lacking in fair balance, or otherwise misleading in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and applicable regulations".

The letter went on to say that "You have engaged in a promotional campaign for VIOXX that minimizes the potentially serious cardiovascular findings that were observed in the Vioxx Gastrointestinal Outcomes Research," referring to the allegations that link the drug to problems like heart attacks, stroke, sudden death, and blood clots. The warning letter indicates that Merck has previously upset regulators. For more Vioxx lawsuit information click here.

New study comparing COX-2 inhibitor rofecoxib (VIOXX) with the traditional NSAID naproxen

Researchers believe that the risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke, and blood clots, is more than two times higher in people who use VIOXX than in people who use traditional arthritis pain treatment.

Vioxx is Merck's second largest-selling medicine, and it is this fact that leaves Merck in the middle of 4 federal lawsuits, a number of state lawsuits, individual claims, and class actions.

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In response to the Vioxx controversy , FDA asks Congress for ability to require drug label changes

March 1, 2005

After serious Vioxx side effects were discovered, safety warnings were delayed reaching the public because the FDA and manufacturer Merck & Co. had to negotiate what the warning should say.

In response to the Vioxx controversy, the FDA asked Congress on Tuesday for authority to dictate label changes for drugs to end the back and forth with pharmaceutical companies that delayed warnings to Vioxx users about potential risks. The FDA's deputy director for new drugs told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that the Vioxx safety warning lapse was the result of negotiating “how the specific language should be worded.”
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Vioxx Questions and Answers

Dr. John Klippel, of the Atlanta based Arthritis Foundation, answers important questions about the dilemmas patients face with the drugs VIOXX and Celebrex.  The highly marketed drugs did a good job promoting the benefits of the drug but were not as forthcoming with the potential risks of the arthritis drug, used mainly for osteoarthritis sufferers.  Now that research is out showing the potential cardiovascular risks that VIOXX and Celebrex pose, patients are wondering whom to believe.  For the complete Newsweek Web Exclusive click here.


Vioxx Side Effects

  • Upper and/or lower respiratory infection and/or inflammation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Heartburn, stomach pain and upset
  • Swelling of the legs and/or feet
  • High blood pressure
  • Back pain
  • Tiredness
  • Urinary tract infection

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Vioxx Recall

After recent safety concern flattened its sales to a still highly profitable $2.55 billion in 2003 alone, Merck has announced it is issuing a voluntary withdrawal of Vioxx. Clinical trial data has shown Vioxx increases the risk of blood clots linked to strokes and heart attacks.

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Information on Vioxx Medicine

VIOXX (rofecoxib) is orally administered to treat pain caused by osteoarthritis and acute pain.  The off-white to light yellow pill is available in 12.5mg, 25mg, and 50mg strength, depending on the prescribed dosage.  VIOXX is considered a Cox-II
of the Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) family.  People who have experienced asthma, hives, or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should not take VIOXX.  Serious problems, such as stomach ulcers, are known complications with people who have taken NSAIDs.  More information on: side effects or drug information or to see the FDA's VIOXX labeling site

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