Medicine Information

Vioxx and Bextra Lawsuits Could Tie Up Courts for Years


In September, 2004, pharmaceutical giant Merck voluntarily withdrew its painkilling medication Vioxx from the market. Studies show that Vioxx increases the risk of heart attack and stroke among patients who have used the drug for longer than 18 months. Vioxx, a drug from a family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, is one of only a few drugs specifically designed to minimize inflammation while avoiding the stomach disorders long associated with other anti-inflammatory medications. Since its introduction in 1999, Vioxx has been a huge success, and sales of the drug worldwide topped $2.5 billion in 2003. That is certainly a great deal of money, but it pales when compared to the amount that Merck stands to lose through product liability lawsuits, which will soon come to court. As of this writing, several thousand lawsuits have been filed nationally, but attorneys estimate that the total number of lawsuits filed could reach a staggering 100,000.

One hundred thousand lawsuits is certainly a formidable number, but that figure could represent only half of the number of lawsuits related to COX-2 inhibitors. Earlier this year, Pfizer voluntarily withdrew its similar medication Bextra from the market, as studies linked the use of Bextra to increased heart attack risk and to a rare skin disorder known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Bextra, another drug in the family of COX-2 inhibitors, works very similarly to Vioxx, and many patients who formerly took Vioxx switched to Bextra after the former was removed from the market last fall. Given that sales of Bextra rose to near Vioxx levels before it was removed from the market, it seems likely that the number of lawsuits filed by patients who claim to have been harmed by their use of Bextra could eventually equal the number of Vioxx lawsuits.

Unless the courts consolidate them into just a few class-action suits, the 200,000 potential lawsuits stemming from problems with Bextra and Vioxx could cripple our courts for the next decade. Patients who believe that they may have been harmed through the use of either Bextra or Vioxx would be well advised to contact an attorney who specializes in pharmaceutical lawsuits as soon as possible. The wait for a resolution in court, particularly for Vioxx lawsuits, could be a very long one. Those who file quickly may get the fastest results.

©Copyright 2005 by Retro Marketing.

Charles Essmeier is the owner of Retro Marketing, a firm devoted to informational Websites, including Bextra-Info.net, a site devoted to the withdrawn drug Bextra and StructuredSettlementHelp.com, a site devoted to structured settlements.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


New York Times

Using Medicine and Science to Improve the Quality of Life
New York Times
To Ms. Onie, that story offers an example of what is wrong with America's health care system: It can be so focused on medicine that it misses the social issues that really drive health. For more than 20 years since she co-founded the nonprofit Health ...



KSTP

Anglers find man's body in Plymouth's Medicine Lake
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fishermen out on Medicine Lake in Plymouth on a hot Saturday morning came across a man's body along the eastern shoreline. Responders arrived just after 10 a.m. and located the unidentified male, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.
Body of Man Recovered From Medicine Lake | KSTP.comKSTP
Fishermen discover body in Medicine Lake in Plymouth, Minn. - Fox 9KMSP-TV
Body recovered from Medicine LakeSW News Media
KARE11.com -WCCO | CBS Minnesota -Bring Me The News
all 8 news articles »


LIVEKINDLY

New Programme Educates Physicians on 'Culinary Medicine'
LIVEKINDLY
In hospitals across the country, a small number of physicians are taking courses to learn how to better provide nutrition counseling for patients. Dubbed “culinary medicine,” the burgeoning movement teaches how to address patient dietary needs by ...



Medicine Supplies for Gaza
ReliefWeb
Thursday May 24th we supplied the hospitals in the Gaza Strip with medicines and disposable medical equipment at a cost of $70,000. The equipment provided is designated mainly for emergency and operating rooms, in order to help them deal with the ...



WTOL.com

Using food as medicine: Woman's battle against cancer being studied by Harvard researchers
WTOL.com
[ON THAT TOPIC: NY doctor prescribes food as medicine]. Today, more than 12 years after her first diagnosis, Bero, who is 54, says she's cancer-free and now works as a cancer coach. “She's teaching me food is the best form of medicine,” said Phil Baugh ...



The Dominion Post

Holgorsen, Hostetler and Antoline to lead WVU Medicine Children's capital campaign
The Dominion Post
MORGANTOWN — WVU Football Coach Dana Holgorsen, former WVU and NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler, and West Virginia native Steve Antoline have been named co-chairs of the $60 million capital campaign to build a new home for WVU Medicine ...



Forbes

RoosterBio Is Targeting $67 Billion Global Regenerative Medicine Market
Forbes
When you hear about “Regenerative Medicine,” it is often about stem cell therapy and tissue engineering. These two innovations alone are driving the large industry market estimates ranging from four billion dollars to $67 billion. The National ...



87 graduate from WCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine
WMC Action News 5
Dozens of the nation's newest physicians graduated Saturday from William Carey University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. The university hosted its 5th commencement for the medical school at the Thomas Fine Arts Center. 87 graduated in the ceremony ...



Huntington Herald Dispatch

Bradford C. Gillon: MU helps man achieve goal of medicine
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Upon completion of my master's degree program, I matriculated into the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The rigors of medical school have brought its share of ups and downs, but my training at Marshall has prepared me well to become a physician.



The Commercial Appeal

The College of Medicine graduation at UT Health Science Center
The Commercial Appeal
Sign linguist translates speeches to those within the audience that are hearing impaired for the Univerity of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine graduation ceremony at Cook Convention Center. Sponsored Links Sponsored Links.


Google News

home | site map | Dr. Thad Thomas
© 2006