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VIOXX® Recall Alert!  September 30th 2004  VIOXX® Recall Alert!

Merck & Co., the makers of the 3 billion dollar a year prescription drug Vioxx has issued a worldwide recall because the drug may cause heart attacks and strokes.

If you've taken Vioxx within the last 3 years and suffered a heart attack or stroke, it may be the result of taking the prescription drug Vioxx.

VIOXX® - Study Finds danger in risk of Stroke and Heart Atatck

Vioxx was discovered to increase the risk of stroke and heart attack during an 18 Month clinical trial during which 2,600 people were given a 25  Milligram dose to prevent polyps in the colon. Once Vioxx was discovered to augment the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular problems, the clinical trial was halted. The trial indicated that patients who took Vioxx for longer than 18 months had a higher chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke than those who were taking a placebo.

VIOXX® - Who Is At Risk?

  • VIOXX® prescriptions have been written for Ninety one million people in the U.S.

  • VIOXX® was launched in the United States in 1999 and has been marketed in more than 80 countries. 

  • Anyone who has used VIOXX® on a regular basis is at risk.

VIOXX® - FDA Response

The FDA issued the following advisory to patients following the announcement by Merck:


"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today acknowledged the voluntary withdrawal from the market of Vioxx (rofecoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) manufactured by Merck & Co. FDA today also issued a Public Health Advisory to inform patients of this action and to advise them to consult with a physician about alternative medications."

VIOXX®  - Side Effects 

  • High risk of heart attacks
  • Chest pain
  • Stroke
  • Sudden death
  • Blood clots
  • Stomach problems
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Upper and/or lower respiratory infection and/or inflammation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, and upset stomach
  • Swelling of the legs and/or feet
  • High blood pressure
  • Back pain
  • Tiredness
  • Urinary tract infection
  • VIOXX® side effects could lead to hospitalization or death.
  • Allergic reactions including swelling of face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing but may require treatment right away

VIOXX® - Know Your Legal Rights!

If you have taken Vioxx and have suffered a heart attack or stroke, or if someone you love has died after taking Vioxx, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer and potentially collect significant financial compensation.

If you or someone you know has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event as a result of using the prescription drug VIOXX® you owe it to yourself to make sure that your rights are protected. Your rights vary depending on many factors such as your residence, age, and the frequency of VIOXX® usage.

VIOXX® - Eligibility

If you are a victim of a VIOXX® related injury, your eligibility will depend on several factors:

a) Statute of Limitations
b) Identify Your Exposure
c) Responsible Parties

VIOXX®  - Wrongful Death Suit

The law also says that if you are a close family member of a person who died of a VIOXX® related injury , you may also have the right to seek compensation for your loss. This right is called a "wrongful death" suit. The laws of different states vary as to which family members have the legal right to recover for the wrongful death of a family member. We can help decide which state is best for your case, depending upon your individual situation.

VIOXX®  - Statute of Limitations

Each state has its own laws and governs the law differently. Each state also has its own deadlines for allowing victims to file legal suits to protect their rights called statutes of limitation and statutes of repose.


While you have the right to sue if you have, or a family member has a VIOXX® related injury , there is a time frame during which you must file your case. This statute of limitations varies from state to state, but if you wait too long, you will be barred from taking legal action. If you are interested in filing a case, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.


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