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Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces a Multi-state, $58 Million Settlement With Merck Over Deceptive Advertising Concerning the Safety of Vioxx
Date:5/20/2008

orbett said that after Vioxx was removed from the market in 2004, more than 25,000 private lawsuits were filed by consumers who were affected by the product. But, unlike those suits, this agreement will force Merck to change their practices.

As part of the settlement, Merck has agreed to:

-- Pay $58 million to the states involved.

-- No longer engage in "ghostwriting."

-- Refrain from using scientific data deceptively when marketing to

doctors.

-- Delay any direct-to-consumer television advertising for a pain

medication if recommended by the FDA.

-- Submit all television advertising campaigns to the FDA before release

for review and to adhere to any recommendations by the FDA.

In addition to Pennsylvania, this settlement includes Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

The agreement was filed in Commonwealth Court by Chief Deputy Attorney General Thomas M. Devlin and Deputy Attorney General Nicole L. VanOrder of the Attorney General's Health Care Section.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For a copy of the agreement, contact the Attorney General's office at 717-787-5211.

CONTACT: Eric Shirk

Assistant Press Secretary

717-787-5211 (Cell) 717-480-0224

eshirk@attorneygeneral.gov


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