Lawyers for Merck and Company and plaintiffs have agreed to postpone what’s slated to be the second wrongful death trial over Vioxx. Vioxx is company’s withdrawn pain reliever.

The trial was to begin May 31st in Angleton, Texas. The parties agreed to move the start to July, if a judge approves.

Merck and plaintiff lawyers last week filed a motion to delay what’s slated to be the first trial, scheduled for May 23rd in Ashland, Alabama.

That delay was requested by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon of New Orleans, who’s coordinating all federal Vioxx cases. In the Alabama case, Cheryl Rogers of Talladega blames Vioxx for the 2001 death of her husband, Brad.

Clay County Circuit Judge John Rochester said he wants to talk to Fallon and other state judges before delaying the case. Cheryl Rogers is alleging that Vioxx caused the 2001 death of her husband, Robert.

Merck pulled Vioxx off the market last year after a study showed it doubled the risk of heart attack and strokes in patients taking it for longer than 18 months.



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