German Court Dismisses Vioxx Suit ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

German Court Dismisses Vioxx Suit

A court in Berlin, Germany has rejected two claims against a German distributor of controversial anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, deciding that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a sufficient causal link between the drug and symptoms. The court stated that "expressing a vague suspicion is not enough" and dismissed both a รข‚¬80,000 damages suit as well as a separate request for information from pharmaceutical firm Merck about potential side-effects. Merck are currently facing a multitude of lawsuits in the US regarding Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 after research showed the drug doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke if used for over 18 months.

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