The Vioxx Verdict

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photoJurors in Angleton, Texas have sent a whopping message to the world headquarters of drugmaker Merck in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. That message says "Pay Up."

In a personal injury lawsuit over Merck's one-time wonder-drug, Vioxx, a jury last week delivered a quarter-billion-dollar verdict for Carol Ernst in her husband's death — blaming Merck for selling a drug that had serious heart risks.

What does the 250 million dollar verdict mean for the American public and the future of U.S. pharmaceuticals?


Alex Berenson, reporter for The New York Times

Sidney Wolfe, Director of Health Research at Public Citizen, based in DC

Richard Epstein, Professor of Law at University of Chicago.

This program aired on August 24, 2005.


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