April 21, 2006

Texas jury awards $32 mln in Vioxx case

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas jury on Friday
found that painkiller Vioxx caused the death of 71-year-old
Leonel Garza and awarded $7 million in compensatory damages and
$25 million in punitive damages to his family.

The verdict against Vioxx maker Merck & Co. Inc. came in
the latest lawsuit charging that the company did not disclose
for several years that the now-withdrawn medicine caused an
increased risk of heart attacks.