Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
NY State False Claims Act Lawsuit (Vioxx)
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed a joint lawsuit under the state’s False Claims Act against Merck & Co., Inc. for allegedly concealing the cardiovascular risks posed by its prescription pain medication Vioxx. The lawsuit seeks damages, civil penalties and restitution for tens of millions of dollars the city and state paid for Vioxx prescriptions. Merck pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after its own research showed the drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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