Arthritis drug Vioxx (Rofecoxib) was recalled by Merck & Co., Inc. The Vioxx recall was voluntarily started by Merck to discontinue the COX-2 inhibitor in September, 2004. Person’s affected by the Vioxx side effects are urged to seek medical and legal help.
The Vioxx Recall was prompted after a three year trial known as Adenomatous Polyp Prevention On Vioxx conducted a double blind study to determine Vioxx Side Effects. The trial discovered through 2,600 patients using a Vioxx 25 mg. tablet that there was a serious risk of cardiovascular problems in patients using the drug.
Currently, FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester M. Crawford has stated that the FDA will monitor drugs in this class action lawsuit for similar side effects. The FDA has concluded that Vioxx Side Effects can include gastrointestinal bleeding, liver, and kidney toxicity. The Vioxx Lawsuits filed against Merck are expected to impact the company in some way.