The Vioxx Verdict, Savior of Social Security

 

The Vioxx Verdict, Savior of Social Security

The Beginning of the End of the Pharmaceutical Industry? IN THE NEWS A Texas jury dealt Merck a painful blow, finding the drug maker liable for a Vioxx patient's death and slapping it with $253 million in damages. With about 4,200 more Vioxx lawsuits to go, the verdict was an ominous start for Merck. --Mark Gongloff The Evening Wrap The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com), Aug. 19, 2005, 5:20 p.m. EDT "If you represent yourself in a court of law," the old adage goes, "you have a fool for a client." A law firm that