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Vioxx, Market Withdrawal

Vioxx was voluntarily withdrawn from the U.S. market on September 30, 2004 by manufacturer Merck.  The Vioxx market withdrawal was in answer to studies indicating a higher risk of cardiovascular event in regular users of Vioxx.

A study on Vioxx (VIGOR study) was published in 2000.  It indicated a 4 times increase of risk of heart attack or stroke in Vioxx (rofecoxib) patients compared to patients taking naproxen over a 1 year period.  Merck's researchers concluded the findings of the study showed a protective effect of naproxen in reducing heart attacks in high cardiovascular risk patients.

Merck commenced a study (APPROVe study) in 2001 to evaluate the effects of Vioxx on colorectal polyps.  The study also intended to further evaluate the cardiovascular risk of Vioxx.  The study was ended early when results showed patients taking Vioxx were at increased risk of cardiovascular risk compared to patients taking a placebo after 18 months on the therapy.

Merck voluntarily withdrew Vioxx from the market on September 30, 2004 after the APPROVe study was ended early.  In the same month, the FDA also provided Merck with new research that further supported increased risk of heart attack among Vioxx users.

 

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Vioxx Pulled From Global Market Medscape
Vioxx Pulled From Global Market Medscape Sept. 30, 2004 Merck amp Co., Inc., announced today a voluntary withdrawal of rofecoxib Vioxx from the U.S. and worldwide market due to safety concerns of an increased risk of cardiovascular events, according to an alert from MedWatch, the U.S. Food

Merck To Pay 830 Million To Settle Vioxx Shareholder Suit Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal Merck to Pay 830 Million to Settle Vioxx Shareholder Suit Wall Street Journal The painkiller Vioxx continues to cost Merck amp Co., more than 11 years after the company yanked the drug from the market because it increased users39 risk of heart attacks and strokes. Merck said Friday it agreed to pay 830 million to resolve a class and more raquo

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