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Merck & Co., Inc.
Humeston v. Merck & Co., Inc. (Vioxx Litigation)
Date: 03/12/2007 (Date of Verdict)
Misconduct Type: Health
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Disposition: Judgment Against Defendant
Synopsis: Frederick Humeston, a postal worker from Boise, Idaho, alleged he suffered a heart attack in 2001, at age 56, as a result of his use of the prescription pain medication Vioxx, which is manufactured by Merck. His heart attack occurred several months before Merck issued a stronger warning about the drugs's cardiovascular risks. (Merck pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after its own research showed the drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.) At an earlier trial, the jury ruled in favor of Merck, but Humeston later won a new trial, which resulted in a jury awarding him and his wife $20 million in compensatory damages and $27.5 million in punitive damages.