Merck http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Merck Agrees To Settle Mo. Vioxx Lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/merck-agrees-settle-mo-vioxx-lawsuit <p>Drugmaker Merck &amp; Co. Inc. has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Missouri consumers who used the prescription pain reliever Vioxx for treatment of arthritis conditions.</p><p>The settlement was over claims that New Jersey-based Merck violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act through the promotion and sale of Vioxx. The agreement must still be approved by Jackson County Circuit Court.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:22:01 +0000 The Associated Press 6043 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Merck Agrees To Settle Mo. Vioxx Lawsuit Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-november-23-2011 <p><strong>Girl returned to mom soon after abduction </strong></p><p>A St. Louis County woman is facing child kidnapping charges after allegedly abducting a 5-year-old girl.</p><p>Police say the abduction happened Monday afternoon when 25-year-old Ashley White of Pine Lawn took the child from a baby sitter&#39;s home in Jennings.</p><p>White is an acquaintance of the mother. The mother told police that White had asked for money prior to the abduction.</p><p>St. Louis County police quickly found White and the child at White&#39;s home. The child was unharmed.</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:29:11 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2533 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Missouri settles lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Merck http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-settles-lawsuit-against-pharmaceutical-company-merck <p>Missouri will receive nearly $14 million, as part of a settlement of a multi-state lawsuit against drug manufacturer Merck.</p><p>The lawsuit centers on the prescription drug Vioxx, which the company marketed as a painkiller for people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.&nbsp; Merck has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor for promoting the drug before receiving FDA approval, and it will pay $950 million in criminal and civil penalties.&nbsp; The company halted sales of Vioxx in 2004 after evidence showed the drug doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 23:09:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 2532 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri settles lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Merck