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Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe comments on the fact that slowly but surely, Merck has been getting many of the large Vioxx judgments against it overturned on appeal. Out of 20 that went to court, Merck has won 17. Part of the problem, says Lowe, is that the bad effects (heart attacks) happened to only a few people, compared to the total number who were taking the drug, many of whom didn't need it.

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