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2006-07-31 20:12:42

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The lawyer for a former FBI agent told a jury that Vioxx caused his client's heart attack and the blockbuster drug's maker Merck & Co Inc. ignored danger signs from its withdrawn pain medicine as the second federal trial opened in New Orleans on Monday. Merck's lawyer said former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jerry Barnett, 62, was at risk of heart attack without the drug due to high cholesterol, a family history of cardiac...

2006-07-20 12:01:30

In Part 2 of an interview with United Press International, John C. Goodman, president of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis and sometimes referred to as the father of the health savings account (HSA), argues that conventional healthcare plans provided by employers give workers carte blanche for out-of-control spending that can be effectively reined in through the paternalistic HSA model. Q. The most commonly heard criticism of the HSA is that it only works for people who...

2006-07-18 11:23:59

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Patient safety is being compromised by an increase in adverse drug reactions and prescribing errors, many of which are avoidable, British experts said on Tuesday. Leading pharmacologists said around 7 percent of all British hospital admissions were due to the adverse effects of medicines and thousands of lives were being put at risk because doctors were not properly trained in prescribing. "There is no doubt that patients are becoming ill and some...

2006-07-13 16:06:55

By Jon Hurdle ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - A jury handed Merck & Co. Inc. another court victory on Thursday when it found the withdrawn pain medicine Vioxx was not a substantial factor in the heart attack of a 68-year-old New Jersey woman. After nine and a half hours of deliberation over two days, the jury of five men and two women also decided that although Merck failed to warn the plaintiff, Elaine Doherty, about the heart risks of taking Vioxx, it did adequately warn...

2006-07-13 13:35:00

By Jon Hurdle ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Reuters) - A jury on Thursday found Merck & Co.'s withdrawn pain medicine Vioxx was not a substantial factor in the heart attack of a 68-year-old New Jersey woman. The jury of five men and two women also decided that although Merck failed to warn the plaintiff, Elaine Doherty, about the heart risks of taking Vioxx, it did adequately warn her doctor of such risks. The jury also found that Merck did not commit consumer fraud in either its marketing of Vioxx...

2006-07-13 13:12:13

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Reuters) - Jurors on Thursday reached a verdict in a trial over whether Merck & Co.'s withdrawn pain reliever Vioxx was a substantial cause in the heart attack of a 68 year-old New Jersey woman. The verdict will be read in the courtroom shortly.

2006-07-11 19:58:06

Corrects spelling of name to Pettit, paragraph 7 By Jon Hurdle ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - A lawyer for Merck & Co. told a jury on Tuesday that a 68-year-old New Jersey woman's previous health problems caused her heart attack, not their painkiller drug Vioxx. "For someone like Mrs. (Elaine) Doherty, it's not whether you are going to have a heart attack. It's when," Merck lawyer Diane Sullivan told the court at the conclusion of the third Vioxx trial to be heard in...

2006-07-11 17:02:35

By Jon Hurdle ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - A lawyer for Merck & Co. told a jury on Tuesday that a 68-year-old New Jersey woman's previous health problems caused her heart attack, not their painkiller drug Vioxx. "For someone like Mrs. (Elaine) Doherty, it's not whether you are going to have a heart attack. It's when," Merck lawyer Diane Sullivan told the court at the conclusion of the third Vioxx trial to be heard in Merck's home state of New Jersey. Sullivan reminded...

2006-07-11 13:34:33

By Jon Hurdle ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - A 68-year-old New Jersey woman who blames the pain drug Vioxx for her heart attack had a series of serious health problems that were the real cause of the attack, a lawyer for Merck & Co. told a court on Tuesday. In closing arguments in the latest lawsuit against the maker of Vioxx, a jury of five men and two women heard that Elaine Doherty was obese, had diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, a family history of...

2006-06-26 14:57:06

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co said on Monday that it stands by the original findings of the study that led to the withdrawal of its pain drug Vioxx from the market, despite a correction to the description of how some of the data were analyzed. Merck said it still believes the data from the study confirms that the increased risk of heart attack and stroke from Vioxx begins only after the medicine has been taken for 18 months, although the New England Journal of Medicine cast...


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