Vioxx was sold by pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck as an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen. It was prescribed to patients suffering from arthritis pain and to those who suffer from gastrointestinal problems when taking NSAIDs.
In its own studies, Merck began to discover evidence in 1999 that Vioxx doubled patients’ risk of serious heart problems. This was within a few months of FDA approval. Some have alleged that Merck intentionally failed to disclose this information. When studies continued to show the serious risks of taking Vioxx, Merck finally withdrew the drug from the market in 2004.
By the time Merck withdrew Vioxx, at least 84 million people worldwide had been prescribed Vioxx since its introduction, and two million people were taking it regularly. The drug was responsible for 88,000 heart attacks in the United States, 38,000 of them fatal. Besides heart attacks, other side effects of the drug included ulcerations, intestinal bleeding, strokes, kidney damage, angina pectoris, kidney damage, and a fatal skin disease named epidermal necrolysis (TEN).
If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack or stroke and at some point taken Vioxx, it is possible that Vioxx was the cause. If this can be proven, you may be entitled to damages.
Contact our Personal Injury Lawyers and Attorneys today to find an experienced Vioxx lawyer.