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A lawsuit was filed in 2002 by the family of a man who claim that he died from taking Vioxx. Merck however claims that the man only took Vioxx for 6 weeks and had preexisting conditions of high blood pressure and heart disease. He was also a heavy smoker and was overweight. The trial is set to start in May and will possibly be the first case to be heard against Merck who had to withdraw its drug Vioxx this year over concerns of increased risk of heart attack. An FDA scientist has estimated that 88,000 to 139,000 people have been hurt or killed by Vioxx. Another woman died of a pulmonary embolism after using Vioxx for a month.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Bloomberg
About: First Vioxx trial set for May
Date: 30 November 2004
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