Lawyer: Heart Attack Caused By Bad Health, Not Vioxx

Law360, New York (July 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A grandmother’s poor health—not Vioxx—caused her heart attack, a lawyer for drug giant Merck & Co. told a jury in New Jersey Tuesday.

In one of a legion of cases Merck faces over its one-time blockbuster arthritis and pain reliever, its lawyer said Elaine Doherty’s heart attack was inevitable.

"For somebody like Mrs. Doherty, it's not whether you're going to have a heart attack, it's when," a news report quoted lawyer Diane Sullivan as saying during closing arguments. "It would be hard to find somebody with...
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