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Defense Verdict In First California Vioxx Trial

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A Los Angeles jury found in favor of Merck and Co. in California’s first Vioxx trial. The jury found that Vioxx did not cause 71 year-old Stewart Grossberg’s heart attack in 2001. The defense showed Grossberg had high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, and a family history of cardiac problems. Merck and Co. has vowed to keep defending the withdrawn pain medication one by one.

According to MSNBC.com:

Merck has repeatedly insisted it will defend itself on a case-by-case basis and has so far not wavered in the face of calls for settlement talks.

Kenneth Frazier, the company’s general counsel, said in a statement Wednesday that the outcome of the Los Angeles trial validates that strategy.

This verdict however may have been different if Grossberg had not had some of the medical conditions above. Only time will tell whether this winning trend will continue for Merck and Co. For all the consumers out there whose lives have been turned up side down due to their consumption of Vioxx-Lets hope not….