Wed, December 22, 2004
Alberta joins nationwide Vioxx lawsuit
looking for compensation from the makers of the drug Vioxx might find they have
strength in numbers -- now that they are part of a national class-action suit.
Calgary lawyers who launched a province-wide class-action lawsuit for victims
of the arthritis and pain-killing drug months ago said yesterday their case is
stronger now that they've aligned with a larger pool of plaintiffs.
have been invited to join the national class-action coalition and now can be
part of the national strategy," said lawyer Vaughn Marshall, with Marshall
Attorneys, which along with
& Co. launched
the suit in Alberta.
show patients taking Vioxx, Canada's 10th most prescribed drug last year, were
at significantly higher risk of complications like heart attack, stroke, angina,
blood clots and congestive heart failure. The drug has also been linked to
liver and kidney damage.
maker of Vioxx, Merck Frosst Canada & Co., voluntarily pulled the drug from
store shelves worldwide last October.
Calgary lawyers recently met with 25 lawyers representing plaintiffs nationwide
to join forces in the fight against Merck Frosst.
claim the manufacturer should have known of the medical risks associated with
Vioxx and failed to advise users and/or their treating medical professionals.
next legal step, which could take up to two years, is to make an application in
Ontario's high court to approve the case.
advises anyone who may have a case against Merck Frosst to contact a lawyer.