Utah Vioxx Lawyer

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What started out as a dream for people who struggled with arthritis and acute pain soon turned into a nightmare. Vioxx was an exciting new medicine introduced in 1999 that alleviated aches and pains due to arthritis and menstruation. Vioxx was classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug Unlike other medicines of its kind, though, it didn't come with frustrating gastrointestinal side effects. As a result, doctors prescribed Vioxx left and right. For the five-year period that Vioxx spent on the shelves in drugstores across the globe, trusted physicians handed 80 million people prescriptions for it.

In 2001, clinical trials were conducted that showed that those who used Vioxx were twice as likely to endure dangerous cardiovascular problems than those who took a placebo. It is approximated that over 140,000 heart attacks have been linked to Vioxx use. Merck, the drug company behind Vioxx, was given the heads up on its products' frightening health risks, but it wasn't until four years later that the company finally recalled Vioxx. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even issued the pharmaceutical giant a warning prior to the recall.

While Vioxx patients didn't have the typical stomach issues that so many prescription painkillers caused, they didn't realize they were putting themselves at risk of potentially life-threatening heart problems. In 2005, Merck took the popular product off the market. The recall shocked the nation; there has never been a drug recall of such proportion before. Approximately 2 million patients were still taking the drub when the recall occurred. It is believe that the rise and fall of Vioxx is related to the dominant drug manufacturer's masterful public relations, aggressive direct to customer marketing, and potential ineffective regulations on behalf of the FDA.

If you took Vioxx over a long period of time and suspect that the drug harmed you, get in contact with a Vioxx lawyer/attorney as soon as you can. Not only should you talk to a doctor about your medical issues, but if you are one of the millions of people who unwittingly put your health at risk, then you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.

A Vioxx lawyer/attorney can help you go over product liability law and discuss how it relates to you and help you to take on Merck. Product liability law stipulates that if a manufacturer creates a defective product or advertises a product deceptively, then it is responsible for any negative consequences that may result.

In the case of Vioxx, the drug was hailed as a smart solution to arthritic pain that was not accompanied by warnings about its serious health risks. This is not legal in the United States and, because Merck did not follow the law, a Vioxx lawyer can help you to either file an individual lawsuit or join in on a class action lawsuit against the drug company. There are lawyers all across America that are committed to battling Vioxx, and these are the people you want to have on your team as you go to court. Don't be afraid, more than four thousand people have taken on the pharmaceutical giant already.

Merck is actually still under investigation for its behavior. It is believed that Merck knew about the potential cardiovascular risks, and attempted to conceal the studies results. Was the company aware of the risks of taking Vioxx? Merck made billions of dollars off its sales of Vioxx. For five years, it deceived the public (whether on purpose or inadvertently) and profited as a result. But now Merck is living to regret this, as everyday citizens are reclaiming their dignity and demanding the justice they deserve. Obviously it's crucial that you get a medical checkup from your doctor if you used Vioxx, but don't forget to contact a Vioxx lawyer as well.