Merck Attempted to Quash Vioxx Criticism

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Morning Edition, June 10, 2005 · Drug maker Merck attempted to censor critics of Vioxx as early as 2000, an investigation by NPR finds. That year, a study indicated that the painkiller might cause heart problems.

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Carol, who listens to KUOW in Seattle.

"I had to listen to the end of the story, but my kindergartener was waiting to be picked up... Fortunately, I [finished listening] on the Web the next day. Whew! I wouldn't have guessed a story about the drug industry could be so riveting."

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