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Australia’s First Class-Action Suits Against Merck’s Vioxx Set To Begin

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Long after Merck's anti-inflammatory Vioxx (rofecoxib) was pulled from the market, class-action suits against the company are getting under way in Australia's Federal Court. More than 1,000 people are expected to be represented in the first trials. Merck voluntarily recalled the drug in the United States in 2004 after it was linked to heart and stroke problems. More than 40,000 lawsuits have been filed, but Merck is contesting them in Australia. It settled U.S. suits for $5.2 million in 2007, but its Australia subsidiary, Merck Sharpe & Donne, has decided to challenge them. (Click here for more

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