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Aussie Nurses Allegedly Paid To Find Patients For Merck’s Vioxx, Court Told

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Australian nurses were allegedly paid by U.S.-based Merck and its Australian subsidiary, Merck, Sharp and Dohme to find prospective patients for the Vioxx (rofecoxib) anti-arthritis drug. That revelation was presented in a continuing class-action suit against the drug maker. The court was told Merck paid the nurses to get a physician's permission to go through his patient records and interview patients about their condition and pain management. Earlier, the court heard that pharmacists were paid by Merck to recommend to patients they take Vioxx instead of other drugs, such as paracetamol. (Click here for more

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