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Ohio to Get More than $22 Million from Vioxx Settlement


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Ohio’s attorney general says the state will receive $22.8 million as its share of a settlement with drug maker Merck over marketing of the painkiller Vioxx.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the deal announced by the U.S. Justice Department should remind all drug companies to represent their products accurately and truthfully.

The settlement resolves allegations that Merck made false statements about the safety of Vioxx and marketed it as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis before getting approval.

The company agreed to pay a total of $950 million in its agreement with the federal government, forty-three states and the District of Columbia.

Merck says the settlement does not constitute an admission of liability or wrongdoing.

Via Cleveland.com.


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