Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Friday that drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc., would pay the state $8.25 million as part of a settlement in the long-running litigation over the prescription painkiller Vioxx.
After legal fees for the Philadelphia firm of Cohen, Placitella and Roth P.C., the state will get $6.9 million.
The money will go to PACE, which is a state program to assist seniors pay pharmaceutical bills. Vioxx was first approved by the FDA in 1999, but was later removed from the U.S. market amid reports that it was causing health problems. - David Sell