An Illinois attorney has filed a lawsuit against Merck (the drug’s maker) and Wallgreens.
Irene Anzona was 49 when she had a stroke she believes was caused by Vioxx, a Cox-2 inhibitor used to treat arthritis pain. Vioxx was voluntarily recalled by Merck in September 2004. Anzona’s attorney alleges that Merck failed to warn Vioxx users of the drug’s potentially dangerous side effects, was negligent in the design of the drug and committed consumer fraud. The complaint also names Walgreens as a seller of an allegedly defective product and claims the drugstore breached implied warranty.
Vioxx users have filed over 4,000 lawsuits since Merck removed the drug from the market.