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Merck to settle outstanding Vioxx claims for $4.85 billion

Merck, maker of the found-to-be deadly painkiller Vioxx, signed an agreement earlier this month to settle the outstanding product liability lawsuits for $4.85 billion. The exact number of claimants is unknown, but the Wall Street Journal reports that there have been 27,000 individuals harmed after taking Vioxx.

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