Delaware County residents win case against Vioxx drug-maker Merck & Co.
A 70-year-old Harpersfield woman and an 80-year-old Bloomville woman, both of who sued Merck and Company as the maker of the arthritis drug Vioxx, recently received notices of settlement agreements. The Harpersfield woman will receive $288,000 and the Bloomville woman will receive $89,000.
The settlement was part of a mass tort litigation that involved patients who had used Vioxx for more than 18 months and who had subsequently suffered heart attacks, strokes or aortic aneurysms. There are approximately 44,000 former takers of the drug who fit into the class, for distribution of $4.5 billion.
The Food and Drug Administration originally approved Vioxx for the treatment of arthritis.
Both women were represented by the law firm of Jacobs and Jacobs, Esqs of Stamford and Margaretville. Attorney Michael Jacobs said of the case, “the pills worked great for the arthritis sufferers, unfortunately, over a long period of time, they either killed you or caused major medical problems.” Jacobs said he worked on the case with the Lanier Law Firm of Houston, TX.