A lawsuit recently filed against the makers of Vioxx alleges that Merck knew, or should have known, of the harmful side effects of Vioxx, but continued to market the drug without warning the public about the dangers. The lawsuits have been filed against Merck by the firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., located in Montgomery, Alabama.

Evelyn Irvin filed the recent lawsuit on behalf of her husband, Richard Irvin, Jr. Mr. Irvin suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of ingesting the prescription pain medicine Vioxx. The lawsuit was filed in Palm Beach County, Florida.

“The arthritis drug Vioxx is one of a relatively new class of drugs called COX-2 inhibitors, touted to offer pain relief through decreased inflammation without gastrointestinal problems,” said plaintiffs’ attorney David Miceli of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. “New research, however, indicates that Vioxx may carry an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. When compared to patients who took naproxen (Aleve), patients taking Vioxx were more likely to suffer from a heart attack.”

Beasley Allen has filed lawsuits against Merck in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

“We represent a number of plaintiffs and we anticipate more filings in the month ahead,” said Micelli. “Each of the cases involves either stroke or heart attack as a result of ingesting Vioxx.”

David Miceli handles Vioxx litigation for the firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

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