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Friday, April 21st 2006

Idiots and Juries…

…go together apparently.

A 71 year old man who was a lifelong smoker, with previous heart disease and a quadruple bypass who had taken Vioxx for a month won his case against Merck in Texas. I’m terribly embarrassed for my home, south Texas.

Attorneys for Garza’s family asked the jury to award $22 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages.

The key argument from Mr. Garza’s family and their lawyers were that he had been cured by the procedures he had undergone and that a stress test soon before he started Vioxx showed he had only a 2% chance of having a heart attack in the next year.

No evidence has shown a statistically relevant risk with less than 18 months of continuous use of Vioxx.

“He had every single risk factor that you can have…The idea that Mr. Garza was in good health and only had a 1 percent chance of having a heart attack is science fiction.”