In 1999, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. received Food and Drug Administration approval to market their-soon-to-be popular painkiller, Vioxx. However, just a few years later, concerns over the safety of the drug rose after reports of severe adverse effects such as stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular problems began to surface. Merck voluntarily took Vioxx off the market in 2004, but by that time, more than 20 million people had already been prescribed the drug.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death that you believe is a result of taking Vioxx, it is essential that you obtain the help of a qualified and caring product liability attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and ensure you get the compensation you are entitled for your losses. Please contact Injury Lawyer Omaha today for a FREE consultation with a proven product liability lawyer.
Vioxx: The Warning Signs
Vioxx belongs to a class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and was commonly prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation resulting from arthritis, severe menstrual cramps, and other causes of acute pain in adults.
In 2001, an extensive, long-term study found that Vioxx doubled the risk of severe cardiac arrests—especially heart attack and stroke—after 18 months of use. More recent research confirms these findings as well as indicates that even short-term Vioxx use—as little as two to four weeks—could heighten the risk of cardiovascular complications. The dangers of Vioxx include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Kidney complications
- Other heart risks
Your Legal Rights
Pharmaceutical product liability laws allow injured parties to take legal action against any company, person or entity responsible for the manufacturing, marketing, promotion or distribution of a dangerous or defective drug such as Vioxx.
If you or your loved one has taken Vioxx and suffered the devastating consequences, you’re not alone. Currently, more than 11,000 product liability lawsuits have been filed against the drug makers. Let our experienced and trusted product liability attorneys help you recover your economic and non-economic losses including pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income capacity, and more. Please contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.