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Vioxx on Hold

April 26, 2007

“More than 1,000 personal injury lawsuits filed in Texas over the once-popular pain medication Vioxx were put on hold Friday after a judge ruled the drug’s manufacturer had given adequate warnings about the drug.

State District Judge Randy Wilson, based in Harris County, granted a motion by Merck & Co. Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, to dismiss part of a lawsuit filed by Ruby Ledbetter.

Merck’s attorneys argued that a 2003 Texas law prevents Ledbetter from claiming she wasn’t properly warned about Vioxx.

The law, passed as part of tort reform efforts, says a drug manufacturer is not liable in allegations it failed to provide sufficient warnings about its product if the drug in question came with warnings approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”

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