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Merck Found Liable

The WSJ reports ($$$) that in Texas today, a jury found Merck liable for the death of Leonel Garza, a 71 year old man who died of a heart attack a month after beginning to take Vioxx. Garza had a history of heart disease, undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 1989. He was a smoker. And Vioxx increases risk of heart attack only after 18 months of use. As Merck attorney Richard Josephson put it: "He had every single risk factor that you can have...The idea that Mr. Garza was in good health and only had a 1% chance of having a heart attack is science fiction..."

Merck has been ordered to pay $7 million in damages.



Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute


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