Merck Found Liable for Death in First Vioxx Case
August 19, 2005 A Texas jury finds pharmaceutical giant Merck liable for the death of a man who took the painkiller Vioxx. The suit, one of thousands against the drug maker, was filed by the widow of a man who died of an irregular heart rhythm after taking Vioxx for less than a year.
June 9, 2005 Merck documents show that in 2000, the maker of Vioxx tried to censor critics of the drug's safety. That was the year that drug giant Merck learned that Vioxx might cause heart attacks and other problems. The documents show a concerted effort by the company to identify doctors who were raising questions about the drug's safety and to put pressure on them to stop making critical comments. A spokesman for Merck denies the allegations.
June 9, 2005 NPR surveyed medical schools to find out how much they depend on money from the drug industry.