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States Split $58 Million Settlement Payout from Merck Pharmaceuticals for Vioxx

Merck Pharmaceuticals will pay out a $58 million settlement to 29 states for their expenditures on Vioxx for state medical care programs. According to documents filed with the court, Merck failed to disclose the heath risks with Vioxx which was used to treat heart problems. Merck has also set aside a massive $4.5 billion settlement fund for private pharmaceutical liability lawsuits that individual people may have filed for their Vioxx injuries.

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