If the employees at Merck played dodgeball about how they will avoid questions about safety of Vioxx, get rich while Americans die after taking their deadly drug Vioxx, their competitor Pfizer did not want to be left behind either. After cooking up data on the safety of their drug Celebrex and convincing their cronies at the FDA, they celebrated their victory. One of those men in lab coats who pretend to know it all wrote, “They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker,” meaning that FDA had no clue what it was doing.
It has been some time since the massacre of arthritis patients at the hands of Merck and Pfizer with Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra, but new documents are being released now that show how little regard drugmakers have for your health. Despite all those touching television commercials, the last thing drug companies care about is your health or wellness. These documents demonstrate that they just like money over everything else.
The sad news is that while Vioxx and Bextra are now banned, the equally deadly Celebrex is still available though with a black label. While you really need to discuss this with your doctor, but if I were you, I wouldn’t even enter a building that was selling Celebrex. I distrust Pfizer to a point that if they gave me a glass of water to drink, I will have that tested first in a lab. By the way, Pfizer is also the maker of Viagra, cause of many health problems.
Phil writes, “I was involved in a motor vehicle accident and as a result was prescribed Vioxx and late Celebrex after Vioxx was recalled. I have other related complications with my health as well such as Hepatitus C and Hemacromotosis. Last December I suffered a GI bleed and as a result needed to be hospitalized and nearly died. I was prescribed Celebrex and told by my physician that I could take one Aleve with Celebrex for pain relief for my arthritis prior to the hospitalization. Since being prescribed Celebrex I have also needed high blood pressure medication over the course of four year as a result of Celebrex being the main drug that was prescribed to me for pain. I have been experiencing high blood pressure for several years now and believe that Celebrex is the cause. I want join the class action lawsuit against Pfizer.”
If you were prescribed Celebrex after it got a black box warning, then you may not have a strong case, because the company already changed the severity of the warning. Obviously, it is a very complicated legal situation and I am not an attorney myself. Secondly, I am not at all familiar with the law in Canada; my opinion is primarily about the situation in America. Why don’t you try to reach out to a personal injury lawyer in your area and see what you can do? Rather than going the class action lawsuit round, you might be better off filing a personal injury claim.
While Merck would like all the lawsuits related to its Vioxx recall mess go away — it has already settled the lawsuits related to 60,000 American deaths — it seems that the crimes that it committed are so serious that the courts are not letting it off the hook.
Since Merck also engaged in investor fraud when it deliberately hid the dangers of Vioxx and all the thousands of people who were either dying or experiencing heart attacks and strokes, the company has now been told by the US Supreme Court that a class action lawsuits by shareholders will go ahead. Investors lost billions of dollars when the Merck stock tanked after all the deaths were disclosed.