If you feel you have suffered harm from taking Vioxx, our Phoenix, Arizona lawyers at Phillips Law Group want to help you. Presently, we represent clients from numerous states and can help clients anywhere in the United States. Vioxx is a prescription drug that was voluntarily withdrawn from the marketplace by its manufacturer, Merck & Company, on September 30, 2004 after Vioxx was linked to an increase of cardiovascular problems including heart attacks and strokes.
Vioxx was approved by the FDA in 1999. Vioxx is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and is part of a class of drugs commonly referred to as Cox-2 Inhibitors. The drug works by blocking COX-2 enzymes in the body, which are the enzymes that trigger pain and inflammation. Vioxx is available in pill or liquid form and is primarily prescribed to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Vioxx has also been prescribed to treat acute adult pain.
During a recent study, it was determined that taking Vioxx may increase the chances of developing heart attacks and strokes, and other life-threatening side effects including heart failure, chest pains, blood clots, serious bleeding, angina, nonbacterial meningitis, severe intestinal damage, ulceration and internal bleeding, and kidney damage. Sadly, many Vioxx users have died.
Many recent Vioxx lawsuits bring to light questions as to when Merck first became aware that these fatal side effects were associated with taking Vioxx. The litigation against Merck also explores whether the company failed to inform public health authorities of these side effects in a timely manner. Additionally, the lawsuits allege that Merck heavily marketed Vioxx as highly safe and effective, while minimizing the risks associated with Vioxx as compared to other drugs on the market.
Many Vioxx users and their families do not realize that Vioxx is/was the cause of their health problems. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the health problems listed here and have taken Vioxx, please contact your doctor, then contact the Phoenix and Tucson area attorneys at Phillips Law Group as soon as possible.
If you have taken Vioxx yet have no symptoms you may still have a viable case. Please take a moment to fill out our short form and describe your experience with Vioxx to our lawyers at the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Phillips Law Group. Our attorneys will contact you to discuss your case further.
If you suspect that Vioxx has caused you health problems or has injured you, please consult with our Phoenix, Arizona Vioxx attorneys now by calling 1-800-706-3000 or by submitting our short and simple Vioxx case evaluation. You may have a lawsuit and be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Dont wait. Contact our Phoenix, Arizona Vioxx lawyers now.