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States sue pharmaceutical company to recover money spent on Vioxx

Pharmaceutical company Merck is facing lawsuits by numerous states over what they allege was deceptive marketing of the painkiller Vioxx. One state is seeking restitution for all money spent by state health programs on Vioxx, plus interest. Merck was the subject of numerous product liability lawsuits after research showed that Vioxx doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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