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On December 1, an expert doctor testified that Vioxx can cause heart attacks and trigger an event in less than a month. The doctor, Wayne Ray, has studied the risks and benefits of drugs, including Vioxx, reached his conclusion after analyzing numerous studies, including the one that pushed Merck to remove Vioxx from the market last year. “The totality of the evidence clearly indicates that Vioxx causes heart attacks,” said Ray, head of the Pharmaco-Epidemiology department at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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