Details on how to file a claim for the $23 million Vioxx class action settlement are now available. If you purchased the prescription painkiller Vioxx before October 1, 2004, you may be eligible to claim up to $50 cash or reimbursement of the actual out-of-pocket costs you paid for Vioxx, up to $75.
The Vioxx settlement resolves multiple class action lawsuits (consolidated as In re: Vioxx Products Liability Litigation) that allege Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. falsely advertised Vioxx as having greater benefits than less expensive generic NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen, when no such benefits had been established. Plaintiffs also claim that the marketing of Vioxx was inconsistent with its FDA-approved labels. As a result, consumers allegedly paid more for Vioxx than they otherwise would have.
Merck denies the allegations but agreed to establish a $23 million class action lawsuit settlement fund to resolve the litigation. The Court preliminarily approved the Vioxx class action settlement on August 2, 2013. A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for December 13, 2013.
Class Members of the Vioxx settlement include all consumers who purchased Vioxx for personal or family use before October 1, 2004.
The class action settlement does not include consumers who purchased Vioxx before this date while living in Missouri. These Missouri consumers were already awarded a class action settlement, which has an October 7 Claim Form deadline. [See “Missouri Vioxx Class Action Settlement.”]
up to $50 or $75
Proof of Purchase
The only way to receive a cash award of up to $50 or $75 from the Vioxx class action settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form and the required supporting documentation no later than May 6, 2014. Supporting documents include either proof of payment, proof of prescription or documentation of a post-withdrawal medical consultation.
Claim Form Deadline
Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
The Vioxx Consumer Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 26882
Richmond, VA 23261
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