Vioxx Heart Damage
What are Vioxx / Celebrex?
Learn about these NSAIDs,
the recall, & the risks.
What is the problem?
associate Vioxx with heart problems, kidney damage,
Who is responsible for Vioxx Heart damage?
Risks to patients due to lack of warnings.
What is being
done about Vioxx heart damage?
Class action lawsuit filed against the
maker of Vioxx.
What can you do if Vioxx damaged your
You may be entitled to compensation for damages
Heart Attacks and Strokes
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The FDA has taken steps
to force Merck and Pharmacia, the makers of these drugs, to disclose
the risks associated with their products. Changes in medication labels
have been made, along with orders to cease misleading advertising
Doctors are also beginning to speak out and to inform their
patients about the actual benefits, cost, and problems of Vioxx and
At least one class action suit has been filed against Merck, the
maker of Vioxx. Other lawsuits are pending.
The warnings on Vioxx were late to come and the drug should have been pulled sooner:
Finally, on September 30, 2004, Merck got the message and pulled Vioxx from the shelves, and issued a Vioxx warning -- patients should stop taking the Vioxx and return the unused pills. The Vioxx warning came as a result of a study that showed the drug doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke. At the same time, it sounded an Vioxx warning alarm for the millions of people who took Vioxx.
The FDA should force companies like Merck to issue warnings on Vioxx sooner
The Food and Drug Administration needs to push drug companies harder to do long-term safety studies of drugs on the market once concerns develop so that a better Vioxx warning would have been developed before so many people were harmed.
Without the FDA pushing for these studies to develop better warning the public about the dangers of drugs like Vioxx, according to the University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan the problem is like "we're relying on the fox to tell us about what's wrong inside the chicken coop."
On its own, Merck issued a luke warm Vioxx warning
In some cases, experts say, such warnings on Vioxx's official labeling aren't sufficient. Since 2002, Merck's Vioxx warning mentioned increased cardiac risks based on results of its own post-approval study, but disputed its own findings and the drug remained on the market despite the Vioxx warning. Merck undertook the latest study because less-rigorous experiments indicated Vioxx could prevent recurrence of potentially cancerous colon polyps, said company spokesman Tony Plohoros.
Dr. Alastair Wood, professor of pharmacology and associate dean at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said it should not have taken so long for the heart risks to come to light. Had they come to light sooner, proper Vioxx warnings would have been issued.
People were hurt by the inadequate Vioxx warnings
"A helluva lot of people got the drug between 2000 and 2004, and a very quick, very cheap study would have determined that risk" had the FDA taken a tougher stance after the first sign of trouble, Wood said. If better studies were performed, Vioxx warnings would have been more stringent -- or the drug would not have been on the market at all.
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