Vioxx Trials Could Last Several Lifetimes

An interesting sidebar to the various Vioxx lawsuits being tried across the country: The toll it will likely take on the judicial system and, specifically, judges like New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee who's involved in guiding the 4,333 cases in her court, and counting...

Should Higbee hear each Vioxx case filed in her court alone -- with each one lasting up to seven weeks -- she would need almost 600 years to finish the job. With some 9,200 cases in the pipeline nationwide and many former Vioxx users still filing, that 600-year estimate may not be so far-fetched after all.

Although Merck has made no secret it plans to fight each case one-at-a-time, Higbee, a former medical malpractice attorney, suspects Vioxx rulings could be handed down far sooner. Let's hope Higbee will have some time to work on the 375 non-Vioxx cases waiting for her in the queue until the next Vioxx trial begins Feb. 27.

Just a reminder to choose a safer, healthier and cheaper anti-inflammatory alternative over any drug-based "cure," even an over-the-counter medication that can be just as harmful.

Quote.com December 25, 2005

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