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Merck Australia Wins Appeal in Vioxx Case

From Associated Press (October 12, 2011)

SYDNEY -- An Australian court has overturned a judgment that found the once-popular painkiller Vioxx was unfit for consumption and led to an Australian man's heart attack.

The Federal Court's decision on Wednesday reverses a 2010 ruling that had found in favor of an Australian man who blamed the since-recalled drug for a heart attack he suffered.

The 2010 judgment had awarded Graeme Peterson 287,000 Australian dollars ($285,000) in compensation. The earlier ruling had also opened the door for claims from hundreds of other litigants in a lawsuit against U.S. pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. over the painkiller.

Vioxx was taken off the international market in 2004 after research showed it raised the risk of heart attacks and strokes.


Posted: October 2011