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Big Pharma: Getting away with murder

6/7/2012 - If a study comes up negative for your favorite drug, just don't publish it! 68 percent of all drug studies are swept under the carpet to keep those pesky side effects from being reported. Only 32 percent of studies come up positive, and a lot of those studies are "shortened" to limit the long-term findings....

Merck ordered to pay $321 million criminal fine for illegally marketing Vioxx painkiller

4/26/2012 - Drug giant Merck & Co., creator of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, has been ordered by a federal judge in Boston, Mass., to fork over $321 million in criminal fines for illegally marketing Vioxx, a dangerous painkiller drug that was pulled from the market in 2004 because taking the...

Australian courts rule that Vioxx should never have been approved for sale

6/20/2010 - Australian courts recently ruled that Vioxx, a popular prescription painkiller, should never have been approved and allowed on the market. The case represents the world's first successful class action lawsuit against a drug company for damage caused by its drugs. Merck, the drug giant that produced...

Merck Sat on Data Showing Vioxx Risks for Years Before Pulling Drug

1/15/2010 - A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has revealed that information about heart risks from pharmaceutical giant Merck's Vioxx drug was available in 2000, four years before the Merck pulled the drug from the market. Because the information was not published and made public, Merck...

Merck ignored evidence for four years that Vioxx had deadly heart risks

12/8/2009 - Pharmaceutical manufacturers would never knowingly withhold, gloss over or otherwise ignore evidence that any of their drugs could be killing people, right? Wrong. Take the case of Big Pharma giant Merck -- the company kept a dangerous drug, Vioxx, on the market for years as tens of thousands died from...

Merck's Vioxx scandal widens: Drug maker knew Vioxx was deadly for years before risk was made public (opinion)

11/25/2009 - The Vioxx scandal widened this week as new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that Vioxx maker Merck held data for three years that proved Vioxx caused an alarming increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And yet Merck chose not to release that data. In fact, it...

Shut Up or Be Discredited: Merck Threatens Doctors Critical of Their Drugs

6/10/2009 - According to an article in The Australian by Milanda Rout, the folks at Merck are threatening the livelihoods of doctors who dare to have negative opinions about its drugs. Apparently, this fact was revealed in a very interesting e-mail that surfaced in a federal courtroom in Melbourne during a class...

New York Sues Merck over Vioxx Fraud

2/15/2008 - The city and state of New York have filed a joint lawsuit against Merck & Company for deliberately concealing the dangers of its painkiller Vioxx, thereby defrauding public health programs out of millions of dollars in prescription costs. "Merck's irresponsible and duplicitous conduct endangered...

The FDA still refuses to protect the people

11/24/2007 - Despite lawsuits, whistleblowers and government investigations, the FDA continues to ignore its mission of protecting consumers against dangerous food and medicine products. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, recently criticized the Food and Drug Administration for failing to...

Merck's Vioxx replacement drug found to cause cardiovascular complications

11/14/2006 - A safety study of Merck's latest Cox-2 drug Arcoxia -- meant to replace the painkiller Vioxx -- found that it poses the same heart risks as an older arthritis medication, which experts say could hinder its FDA approval. The Arcoxia study -- presented at yesterday's meeting of the American Heart Association...

FDA whistleblower warns about safety of new arthritis drug Arcoxia

9/15/2006 - Associate Director of the FDA's Office of Drug Safety Dr. David Graham is well-known for blowing the whistle on both Merck and his own agency during the Vioxx scandal, and now he is warning the public about another Merck drug called Arcoxia. Like its predecessor, Vioxx -- and its primary competition,...

Vioxx found to be the single most dangerous cox-2 inhibitor drug, yet FDA publicly defends it

9/13/2006 - According to two new studies on the safety of NSAIDs, Vioxx may have been the most dangerous drug in the history of that class of drugs. Vioxx's closest competitors -- Bextra and Celebrex -- were also closely scrutinized in the wake of heightened cardiovascular risks associated with the drugs. Bextra...

Journal Corrects Vioxx Article to Reflect Short-Term Heart Risk (press release)

8/30/2006 - The New England Journal of Medicine on Monday issued a rare correction on a influential 2005 study on the now-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx. The correction involves a crucial point that was first reported a month ago: That cardiovascular risks linked to the controversial cox-2 inhibitor kick in at 4...

Heart risks from Vioxx happen much earlier than believed, says Queen’s researcher (press release)

8/23/2006 - A new study led by Queen's University researcher Linda Lévesque shows that heart attacks related to the use of Vioxx - a drug once popular for the treatment of pain and inflammation - can occur within the first two weeks of use. This study is the first to specifically address the question of the...

A nation asleep: the Vioxx deception put into perspective

8/17/2006 - According to estimates by the FDA's senior drug safety researcher, Dr. David Graham, the drug Vioxx caused over 140,000 heart attacks in patients, likely killing more than 60,000 Americans who took the drug. Yes the drug remains perfectly legal and continues to be prescribed to patients right now. Consider...

Jury finds Merck negligent in Vioxx trial, awards $50 million to retired FBI agent

8/17/2006 - A New Orleans jury deciding a case brought against Vioxx maker Merck & Co. by a heart attack victim says the pharmaceutical firm should pay the plaintiff $50 million in compensatory damages. Gerald Barnett, a 62-year-old retired FBI agent, took Vioxx for 31 months before he suffered a heart attack...

Merck litigation strategy - destroy expert witnesses

7/17/2006 - Former Vioxx users could be at risk of developing strokes for years, a prominent scientist said this week after evaluating new data from a 107-page report on patients who were followed for a year after they stopped the drug "It may be that Vioxx is causing permanent damage to the cardiovascular system,...

Merck hid negative trial results from FDA, reveals former Merck research scientist in Vioxx trial

6/29/2006 - -- The former head of Merck & Co.'s research labs testified in a California Vioxx trial that the drug company failed to inform the FDA of two studies showing that Vioxx users were more likely to die than patients given a placebo. Dr. Edward Scolnick testified in a videotaped deposition that he did...

Vioxx heart risk starts earlier than previously reported; New England Journal of Medicine publishes corrections to previous Vioxx research

6/27/2006 - -- Editors at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have published a correction to previous research on Merck's painkiller Vioxx. The correction reveals that the heart risks associated with the drug begin much earlier than Merck previously claimed. The journal issued an online change to the...

Silencing public health advocates: Outspoken Vioxx critic loses job after testimony against Merck in federal trial

3/29/2006 - There's something fishy going on at the Cleveland Clinic. In a surprising move in December 2005, the prestigious clinic removed Dr. Eric Topol, a well-known cardiologist and vocal critic of Merck's prescription Vioxx arthritis medication, from his position as chief academic officer at the hospital's...

New England Journal of Medicine accuses Merck of deleting important Vioxx information from study

2/15/2006 - As if things weren't bad enough for pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co., the picture just got a little grimmer. Already facing tremendous heat and a long line of lawsuits over Vioxx -- its arthritis medication that was pulled off the market in September 2004 after it was determined to increase heart...

The FDA Exposed: An Interview With Dr. David Graham, the Vioxx Whistleblower

8/30/2005 - The following interview with Dr. David Graham (senior drug safety researcher at the FDA) was conducted by Manette Loudon, the lead investigator for Dr. Gary Null. This interview contains jaw-dropping insights about the corruption and crimes that take place every day inside the Food and Drug Administration....

Merck loses Vioxx lawsuit: jury awards $253.4 million to widow

8/19/2005 - It's simultaneously a milestone for consumer advocacy and a major setback for Big Pharma: a Texas jury has found Merck & Co. liable for the death of a Vioxx patient, and it has awarded the widow $253.4 million in damages. The 10-2 jury vote sends a powerful message to drug companies around the globe:...

Leaked documents show Merck knew of Vioxx dangers, yet hid them for years

8/6/2005 - "What are the long-term benefits of your being able to bring value to the relationship with our customers?" Merck asked sales trainees in a PowerPoint slide captioned "The Payoff." "Bonus," appeared on the next slide, showing a sales representative holding a glowing bag of money. This is from a company...

The FDA, Vioxx, and crimes against humanity

7/18/2005 - I am both shocked and appalled at the recent decision by the FDA advisory panel to re-approve Vioxx and put the stamp of safety on all Cox-2 inhibitors, including Bextra and Celebrex. This vote came immediately after another vote in which the panel nearly unanimously agreed that all of these Cox-2 inhibitors...

Exclusive interview with Carol Simontacchi, author of "Natural Alternatives to Vioxx, Celebrex and other Anti-Inflammatory Prescription Drugs"

6/4/2005 - Mike: We're here with Carol Simontacchi, author of "The Crazy Makers" and a new book entitled, "Natural Alternatives to Vioxx, Celebrex and other Anti-Inflammatory Prescription Drugs." Thanks for sitting down with us for a few minutes, Carol. Simontacchi: Thank you. It's a pleasure. Mike: What...

The beginning of the end of chemical-based medicine

5/19/2005 - A recent study published in the medical journal "The Lancet" reveals that as many as 140,000 heart attacks, in the United States alone, were caused by Vioxx, and 44 percent of those likely died from those heart attacks. That means more than 60,000 Americans have been killed by Vioxx if this data are...

With COX-2 decision, no longer any doubt about FDA corruption and U.S. drug racket

2/18/2005 - Following the death of as many as 60,000 Americans from COX-2 inhibitors (source: British Medical Journal, author Dr. David Graham, FDA drug safety researcher), an FDA advisory panel has now voted to allow the drugs to return to the market with full FDA safety approval. The fact that a single COX-2...

Merck now under criminal investigation by the Justice Department for Vioxx scandal

1/1/2005 - Pharmaceutical giant Merck is now under scrutiny by the Justice Department, which has begun a criminal investigation into the firm’s marketing of the painkiller Vioxx (withdrawn from the market on September 30, 2004). Since that time, the Vioxx scandal has expanded thanks in part to the publication...

Merck now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for possibly misleading investors

12/27/2004 - Merck, already under fire for its Vioxx scandal and now undergoing criminal investigation by the Justice Department, is now also being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The SEC is wondering whether Merck misled investors by failing to disclose facts concerning the harmful...

Fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids allow patients to ditch Vioxx and other anti-inflammatory drugs

11/14/2004 - Interesting new research has been conducted on the health effects of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids as alternative replacements for anti-inflammatory prescription drugs such as Vioxx and Bextra. Many people don't realize that anti-inflammatory drugs harm more than 100,000 people in the United States...

Reputation of the FDA in shambles after Vioxx scandal; calls for wholesale FDA reform gain momentum

11/6/2004 - "...the agency’s senior management is more concerned with external appearance than rigorous science." -- Dr. Richard Horton, editor, The Lancet The reputation of both the FDA and Merck lies in shambles today after evidence continues to surface that shows the FDA knowingly approved, promoted and refused...

Merck caught in scandal to bury Vioxx heart attack risks, intimidate scientists and keep pushing dangerous drugs; Vioxx lawsuits now forming

11/6/2004 - The truth has finally come out about Vioxx: insider emails published by the Wall Street Journal reveal that Merck, the maker of Vioxx, was fully aware of the health risks of its COX-2 inhibitor anti-inflammatory drug as early as March, 2000. As is apparent from the published emails, there was a concerted...

Vioxx only the beginning; antidepressants and statin drugs are medication timebombs

10/4/2004 - There's a much bigger story than you might think about the recent hoo-ha concerning Vioxx being pulled from the market. It's not just about Vioxx or Merck, the drug's manufacturer. Virtually all prescription drugs that are heavily marketed by pharmaceutical companies today are harmful to human physiology....

Vioxx disaster shows health hazards of prescription drugs, failure of FDA to protect the public

10/4/2004 - There is a new national uproar over a prescription drug, Vioxx, which has been an extremely popular anti-inflammatory drug manufactured and marketed by Merck. Vioxx was recently pulled from the market by Merck after studies revealed the drug increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the...

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