Merck Agrees To $58M Settlement Over Vioxx Ad Claims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Merck is paying $58 million as part of a
multistate settlement concerning advertising of the now-withdrawn
painkiller, Vioxx.
The settlement announced Tuesday addresses allegations that
Merck's advertising deceptively downplayed the health risks of
Vioxx. New Jersey-based Merck is not admitting any wrongdoing under
the settlement.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says the settlement
ends investigations by 29 states and the District of Columbia into
Merck's advertising practices involving Vioxx.
The settlement also calls for Merck to submit all new TV
commercials for its drugs to the FDA for review.
Vioxx was taken off the market in 2004 after research showed it
doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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