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As a former FBI agent who now sues drug companies I take double pleasure in this news on the Vioxx front.

Merck Ordered to Pay $51 Million In Vioxx Case

In its fourth loss in nine trials Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) is ordered to pay $51 million to a former FBI agent because its Vioxx painkiller caused his heart attack. The painkiller was pulled from the market in 2004 after a study showed an increase in heart attacks and strokes in some patients.

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