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Merck & Co withdrew Vioxx from the market after studies show that long term use of the product doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. Five people from Indiana have already filed a lawsuit. About 2 million people used Vioxx worldwide, mostly to treat arthritis. It is estimated that about 17,000 people suffered ill effects from taking Vioxx. One woman developed Baum's condition after taking Vioxx. Narrowing of arteries caused her feet to turn purple and blister.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Indystar
About: Lawsuits begin soon after Vioxx taken off market
Date: 14 October 2004
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