US judge dismisses $50m damages in Vioxx lawsuitBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7567.516-c (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:516
- Fred Charatan
A New Orleans federal judge has thrown out a $50m award made against the drug maker Merck after a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a heart attack after taking Vioxx (rofecoxib). The jury's conclusion on Merck's liability was reasonable, but its compensatory damage assessment was not, said Judge Eldon Fallon.
In his decision, announced on 30 August, the judge said that the $50m (£26m; €39m) compensatory …