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At trial, noted cardiologist criticizes Merck’s behavior

At trial, noted cardiologist criticizes Merck’s behavior

If a pharmaceutical company could allegedly be engaged in these kinds of behaviors for one drug, imagine the potential liability they could have for their other drugs.

A prominent cardiologist testifying in Merck & Co.’s federal trial over Vioxx accused the drug maker of engaging in scientific misconduct, suppressing clinical evidence and stifling medical discourse as it promoted the painkiller.
Dr. Eric Topol, chairman of the cardiovascular medicine department of the Cleveland Clinic, called certain aspects of Merck’s behavior “repulsive” and “appalling” during a three-hour videotaped deposition played for the jury Saturday.

Topol said Vioxx can cause heart attacks any time after a patient begins taking it, and that its risks were apparent as early as 1999, when the drug was approved. Vioxx was removed from the market last year after a study showed it doubled patients’ risk of heart attacks and strokes after 18 months of use.

At trial, noted cardiologist criticizes Merck’s behavior

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.


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Grohol, J. (2018). At trial, noted cardiologist criticizes Merck’s behavior. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/at-trial-noted-cardiologist-criticizes-mercks-behavior/
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