LONDON, ON, April 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A settlement has been approved which
resolves Vioxx claims across Canada.
Class actions were filed across Canada on behalf of individuals who used
and/or purchased Vioxx, a prescription pain medication distributed by Merck
Frosst Canada Ltd. ("Merck"), which was available in Canada until September
30, 2004. The lawsuits included allegations that individuals ingesting Vioxx
were placed at an increased risk of experiencing various medical conditions
including a heart attack (myocardial infarction), sudden cardiac death, or
ischemic stroke and that a proper warning of these increased risks was not
The allegations made in the class actions have not been proven in court and
the courts have not taken any position as to the truth or merits of the claims
or defences asserted by either side. Merck denies the allegations and states
that it made the results of its studies available to the scientific community
and regulatory authorities around the world.
The settlement is for up to $36,881,250.00 depending upon the number of claims
ultimately approved, and includes payments to provincial health insurers,
payments towards legal costs, and payments for notice and claims
administration. Individuals (or their estates) may be eligible to receive
payment if they took Vioxx and then experienced a myocardial infarction,
sudden cardiac death or ischemic stroke while taking, or shortly after
stopping, Vioxx. Spouses and children of eligible claimants may also be
eligible for payment.
Under the terms of the settlement, eligible claimants will receive payment
based on the type of event they experienced and a number of other factors
including duration of use of Vioxx and risk factors.
Class Counsel is very pleased with the settlement which will result in
significant payments being distributed to eligible claimants. According to
Michael Peerless of Siskinds LLP, one of the lead counsel for the plaintiffs
who negotiated the settlement, "It is an excellent result in a very
Individuals in Canada who used Vioxx are represented by a consortium of firms
across the country. Further information for class members is available at the
Claim forms can be obtained at: www.vioxxclassactionsettlement.ca or by
contacting the Claims Administrator, NPT Ricepoint Class Action Services, at:
Please contact Sabrina Lombardi at(519) 660-7702
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for English enquiries or Eric Lemay at(418)
694-2009 for French enquiries.
SOURCE: Siskinds LLP
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