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What You Need to Know About Vioxx


The manufacturer of Vioxx (rofecoxib), Merck & Co., announced the voluntary recall of the drug product on September 30, 2004. The decision came after a clinical trial substantiated findings in previous studies that linked severe cardiovascular problems to the use of Vioxx, including stroke and heart attack. The drug product was found to be associated with cardiovascular events as it increases blood pressure, further leading to hardening of arteries and compromised blood flow to the heart. Cardiovascular events from Vioxx use may also be attributed to the loosening of built-up plaque in the arteries.

What is Vioxx?

Vioxx is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is indicated for use in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients experiencing stiffness, inflammation, and pain. The medication works by reducing the substances in the body responsible for causing pain and inflammation. It may also be indicated for patients with menstrual pain, migraines, and acute pain.

What Are the Serious Side Effects of Vioxx?

Vioxx and related medications were found to cause severe but rare side effects in patients. These include:

  • Heart attacks and similar cardiovascular events
  • Severe kidney problems, including worsening of chronic renal failure and acute renal failure which may occur rarely
  • Severe stomach problems, including intestinal and stomach bleeding, may or may not be accompanied by symptoms further resulting in hospitalization or even death
  • Severe liver problems, such as liver failure, jaundice, and hepatitis, which may present symptoms such as itching, tiredness, nausea, and tenderness in the upper right abdomen

The mentioned side effects do not encompass all the reported side effects associated with the use of Vioxx. A physician can provide a comprehensive list of side effects during discussions. If you encounter any medical issues that you believe may be associated with medication usage, it is advisable to consult with your physician.

What Allergic Reactions Occur From Taking Vioxx?

Serious allergic reactions were reported in patients taking Vioxx and other related drug products. This includes:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing and wheezing
  • Swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, or face
  • Severe skin reactions

Individuals aged 65 and over may have an increased likelihood of experiencing side effects from taking Vioxx. It may be necessary to require special monitoring or a lower dosage during treatment for geriatric patients.

What is Product Liability?

A manufacturer has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of the products they create and place on the market. Products are expected to be reasonably safe for consumer use and contain sufficient warning labeling and instructions. In cases where there is a failure to uphold this duty, a product liability case may be in order against the manufacturer for adverse harm and damages experienced by the claimant from product use. In California, manufacturers can be held strictly liable for products placed on the market that cause harm to consumers.

What is Considered a Defective Product?

Defective products are those that pose unreasonable dangers for consumer use. Defects may arise from issues in the design or manufacturing process, resulting in potential dangers. Conversely, products may also be considered not up to standard if there is not sufficient warning labeling or instructions for consumer use. If an individual suffers harm and losses from the use of a product that may be defective or does not have sufficient warning labeling or instructions, they may be eligible for compensation through a product liability case.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?

Bringing a product liability case against a manufacturer for a defective product may not require out-of-pocket costs or upfront fees. Most attorneys, like ours at our personal injury law firm, take these cases under a contingency fee agreement. This allows claimants to retain legal counsel without worrying about paying anything upfront. Attorney’s fees will only be due if the lawyer handling the case obtains a successful resolution. Remember that attorney’s fees will generally increase once a matter has been moved into litigation. For more details, contact an experienced product liability lawyer near you.

How an Attorney Can Help With a Drug Product Liability Case

In our years of handling cases on behalf of clients in Sacramento and across California, our legal team has seen firsthand the harm that the opposing side’s negligence causes to our clients. A manufacturer and other party involved in the distribution of a defective product may be held liable for the unreasonable dangers that their item causes to consumers. Our attorneys work diligently to hold manufacturers and other companies accountable for negligence that causes severe harm to others. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively manage and resolve your drug product liability case.

When you work with our law firm, we will take the time to get to know you, your goals, and your future. We will evaluate the specifics of your case, how the harm from the defective product has affected your life, and the losses you have incurred as a result. If we take on your case, we will work diligently to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve for your medical bills, wage loss, and other damages. While no one can predict adverse harm from the use of a faulty product, the next steps may determine your future. Get answers to your questions and advice from our attorneys at our law office today.

Drug Product Liability Lawyer in California

A thorough understanding of California drug product liability law is crucial for a successful case. If you or a loved one has experienced serious side effects from the use of a medication such as Vioxx, contact our legal team to discuss your potential case and receive free, friendly advice today. Dial (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. When you contact our law firm for a free consultation, you will have the information needed to make well-informed decisions about your best interests and future. Our legal team has decades of combined experience backed by a track record of successful case results.

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