Providers Hit Merck With Suit Over Vioxx

Law360, New York (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Michigan health commissioner and workers' compensation provider have filed suit against Merck & Co., claiming that the pharmaceutical giant owes them damages connected to their unknowingly continuing to prescribe the now-yanked painkiller Vioxx, which has been found to double the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

On Monday, Ken Ross and Frankenmuth Financial Group filed their first amended complaint against Merck, with the case falling under the umbrella of the larger Vioxx product liability litigation.

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