Merck

Vioxx Lawsuit
12:22 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Merck Agrees To Settle Mo. Vioxx Lawsuit

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Drugmaker Merck & 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.

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.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ashley White, who is facing child kidnapping charges after allegedly abducting a 5-year-old girl.
(via St. Louis County Police Department)

Girl returned to mom soon after abduction

A St. Louis County woman is facing child kidnapping charges after allegedly abducting a 5-year-old girl.

Police say the abduction happened Monday afternoon when 25-year-old Ashley White of Pine Lawn took the child from a baby sitter's home in Jennings.

White is an acquaintance of the mother. The mother told police that White had asked for money prior to the abduction.

St. Louis County police quickly found White and the child at White's home. The child was unharmed.

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Vioxx settlement
5:09 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Missouri settles lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Merck

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Missouri will receive nearly $14 million, as part of a settlement of a multi-state lawsuit against drug manufacturer Merck.

The lawsuit centers on the prescription drug Vioxx, which the company marketed as a painkiller for people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  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.  The company halted sales of Vioxx in 2004 after evidence showed the drug doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke.