Drug Injury Law Firm Represents Clients Affected by Vioxx Side Effects and Other Dangerous Drugs
The Ohio law firm of Zoll & Kranz, LLC has previously investigated claims relating to the prescription drug Vioxx, also known as Refecoxib. Vioxx is the brand name for the drug Refecoxib, which is a Cox-2 inhibitor. Its drug manufacturer, Merck & Co., voluntarily drug recalled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 due to significant safety concerns of patients experiencing an increased risk of cardiovascular events while using the dangerous drug.
Our multidistrict litigation (MDL) and class action lawyers are available to discuss your potential Vioxx lawsuit or other medication lawsuit if an unsafe drug or defective medical device caused you or someone you love serious personal injuries. To learn more about how we can help victims of Vioxx file Vioxx lawsuits or how we may be able to assist you, call (888) 841-9623 today.
Merck Receives Approval for Dangerous Drug Vioxx in May 1999
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vioxx in May 1999 for use in reducing pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis, acute pain in adults and for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome. The FDA later expanded its approval of Vioxx to include treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in both adults and children.
For over five years, Merck & Co. engaged in one of the largest sampling programs ever. The drug company dedicated millions of dollars to direct marketing and advertising in order to secure a competitive market share. As of 2003, Merck & Co. reported approximately $2.5 billion in sales and about 25 million Americans receiving Vioxx prescriptions.
Vioxx Withdrawn Because of Safety Concerns
On September 30, 2004, Merck & Co. announced the voluntary drug recall withdrawal of Vioxx from the worldwide market. This action was due to safety concerns of an increased risk of individuals suffering from serious cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes.
Our drug injury firm believes that this recall was long overdue, with more than 50,000 individuals sustaining fatal injuries and suffering wrongful deaths during the five years the dangerous drug was available on the market.
Multidistrict Litigation Drug Lawsuit Established for Vioxx Side Effects Victims
Vioxx lawsuit cases filed in federal courts across the country received consolidation as multidistrict litigation for discovery purposes. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted MDL status to both currently pending and future Vioxx lawsuit claims, assigning the cases to Honorable Judge Eldon Fallon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.
The Ohio law firm of Zoll & Kranz based in Toledo became actively involved in this MDL, where we represented many clients and helped pursue legal justice against Merck & Co. for personal injury compensation and wrongful death damages.
Vioxx Lawsuit Resources
The following links may be useful resources for individuals seeking information about the Vioxx drug recall:
The statements and testimonies found below are from the November 18, 2004, Hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Finance. This hearing in front of Congress was concerned with the drug recall of Vioxx and its safety to consumers:
- Statement from Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator from Iowa
- Statement from Max Baucus, U.S. Senator from Montana
- Witness Testimony from David Graham, MD, MPH
- Witness Testimony from Bruce Psaty, MD, PhD
- Witness Testimony from Sandra Kweder, Deputy Director of the Office of New Drugs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
- Witness Testimony from Raymond Gilmartin, President, Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc.
Vioxx Lawsuit Updates
Our product liability firm keeps records of Vioxx trial updates throughout the MDL process, and makes these documents available online for individuals wanting information about the Vioxx drug lawsuit:
- Vioxx Trials
- Summary of Vioxx Trials
- April 2006 update
- January 2006 update
- November 2005 update
- September 2005 update
- July 2005 update
- June 2005 update
- April 2005 update
Experienced Dangerous Drug Attorneys Here For You
Big drug manufacturers have a wealth of financial and legal support in the court of law that protects their best interests, but who is protecting yours? Retaining an experienced MDL law firm to represent your personal injury or wrongful death claim ensures that you hold these companies accountable for their negligent actions. You can contact our mass tort attorneys today at (888) 841-9623, or by submitting a complimentary case evaluation form online.