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Merck & Co., Inc.
Barnett v. Merck (Vioxx Litigation)
Date: 08/17/2006 (Date of Verdict)
Misconduct Type: Health
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Disposition: Judgment Against Defendant
Synopsis: Gerald Barnett claimed he suffered a heart attack as a result of his use of the prescription pain medication Vioxx, which is manufactured by Merck. (Merck pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after its own research showed the drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.) A Louisiana federal jury found in favor of Barnett and awarded him $50 million in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages.