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by: Blur Loterina
Are you a Vioxx victim? Heres something you have to
Many people from all over the world were victimized by
this drug. The Vioxx was produced by Merck and Pharmacia.
It comes in liquid and pill form. It is a non-steroidal,
anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to relieve
osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis and acute pain. NSAID
is referred to as drug with analgesic, antipyretic and
anti-inflammatory effects. It reduces pain, fever and
inflammation, such as muscle strain or sprain. NSAID is
sometimes called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent or
NSAIA. Aspirin and ibuprofen belongs to this class.
The Vioxx also contains cyclooxygenase, an enzyme that
controls inflammation. It belongs to the COX-2
inhibitors. COX-2 has been good cure for arthritis pain,
which afflicts tens of millions of people in the world.
The Vioxx works by blocking COX-2 enzymes in the body
that trigger pain and inflammation.
However, very relieving as it may sound, this arthritis
drug rofecoxib was proven to cause and doubled the risk
of heart attack and stroke.
Class action suits filed against Merck begun in 2002.
Doctors told their patients about the bad effects this
drug cause. In October 5, 2004, a worldwide class action
lawsuit against Merck and Co. was filed.
In September 30, 2004, Merck officially announced of
voluntary recall of Vioxx from all markets worldwide. A
warning was issued to prevent people from taking the
Vioxx and to return all unused pills. It also causes
other life-threatening diseases, such as, blood clots,
angina and nonbacterial meningitis, severe intestinal
damage, ulcerations and bleeding, and kidney damage.
Other minor side effects include flu symptoms, weakness,
loss of appetite, rash or pail skin, swelling of hand
feet and other extremities.
Many blamed the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA,
because it is its duty to assure people of harmless foods
and drugs. Also, the FDA was blamed for giving Merck a
fast-track, 6-month approval process. Vioxx was
distributed in the United States in 1999. They want FDA
to push drug companies to conduct longer tests before
they can sell it so that people are given the right
In January 27, 2005, the consolidation of all Vioxx cases
was argued in front of federal judges in Florida by the
attorneys. A preliminary hearing will be held before the
judge after the decision is made public. Now, there are
web sites that offer free consultations for Vioxx
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