Merck settles over ad charges

The story of this century’s dream-drug, the non-narcotic “painkiller” Vioxx, comes to an anti-climactic end with a reported 4.85 billion-dollar settlement for Merck & Co.

This is an especially troubling story for both those patients waiting hopefully for effective non-narcotic painkillers to be developed, and for watchers of the pharmaceutical industry. This settlement will no-doubt further discourage manufacturers from developing alternatives to the existing, and highly addictive, narcotic and opiate-based painkillers.



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