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475 lawsuits have been filed by over 1,100 patient groups against Merck, the manufacturer of Vioxx. The company plans to fight back by claiming that arthritis patients are generally more prone to cardiovascular problems anyway and Vioxx did not increase the risk of heart attack until it was used continuously for more than 18 months. It is estimated, the company could expect to pay out more than $18 million.
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About: Merck faces nearly 500 lawsuits over Vioxx
Date: 6 January 2005
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