Vioxx was finally recalled yesterday. Vioxx was known for years to pose a triple of risk of cardiovascular adverse events like heart attacks. The American Heart Association, National Stroke Association and Arthritis Foundation asked Merck, the drug's manufacture, to test whether Vioxx increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. On September 17, 2001, the FDA sent Merck a "Warning Letter" that required Merck to stop misleading marketing of Vioxx.
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