Friday, August 19, 2005

Drugs firm Merck loses Vioxx case US pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co has been found liable over the death of a man who took the once-popular painkiller Vioxx.
Jurors at a court in Texas awarded Robert Ernst's widow, Carol, $253.4m (£141.07m) in damages.
The damages cover a combination of Mr Ernst's lost pay as a Wal-Mart produce manager, mental anguish, loss of companionship and punitive damages.
Shares in Merck, which plans to appeal against the verdict, fell 5% on Friday.
More soon.
Story from BBC NEWS: 2005/08/19 19:14:03 GMT© BBC MMV


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