A New Jersey jury has handed a major victory to drugmaker Merck. It finds that Merck properly warned consumers about risks from Vioxx. The decision means Merck will not be held liable for the 2001 heart attack suffered by a man taking the painkiller.
The jury agreed with Merck's contention that an Idaho postal worker suffered from job stress and health risks that caused his heart attack. The man, now age 60, had alleged his intermittent use of Vioxx over two months caused his heart attack four years ago.
This means Merck, which voluntarily pulled the drug off the market last year, has had one win and one loss in the first Vioxx trials. Earlier this year, a Texas jury found Merck liable in the death of a Vioxx user.
The verdict capped a seven-week trial in state court.
Shares of Merck headed higher after the verdict was reported.