Woman Sues Merck for Causing Pulmonary Embolism ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Monday, November 13, 2006

Woman Sues Merck for Causing Pulmonary Embolism

A woman has filed suit against pharmaceutical company Merck in what is the latest in a long line of personal injury lawsuits concerning drug Vioxx. Dessie Nichols alleges that Vioxx was responsible for caused her pulmonary embolism four years ago and is seeking punitive damages. The suit filed at Kanawha Circuit Court accuses Merck with negligence, products liability, fraud, breach of express and implied warranties, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment. The complaint says, "Despite the efforts of numerous healthcare professionals, Merck managed to hide the fact that Vioxx significantly increased the risk of thromboembolic adverse events, such as heart attacks and strokes, until it recalled the drug in Sept. 2004. "Had Plaintiff been aware of any of the now-apparent risks and dangers of Vioxx, Plaintiff would not have taken the drug."

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