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National Vioxx class action deadline approaches

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Australians who took the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx and suffered a heart attack have only five days left to register for a class action currently before the Federal Court of Australia.

In March this year, Slater and Gordon succeeded in a claim against Merck, Sharp and Dohme (Australia) the producers of the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx. That claim was on behalf of grandfather Graeme Peterson, who suffered a heart attack after taking Vioxx. The win paves the way for similar compensation claims.

Slater and Gordon litigation lawyer James Higgins said the Federal Court of Australia had issued a deadline of August 25 for people to take part in the group claim currently before the court.

“Since publishing a public notice about the deadline ten days ago, we have received about 500 new enquiries by telephone and email,” Mr Higgins said.

“While this result has been strong, it’s still important for people who are eligible to come forward now if they want to be a part of this group claim.”

Mr Higgins said people eligible for the class action must have suffered a heart attack and meet other strict criteria as defined by the Federal Court of Australia.

“It is not compulsory for someone eligible to take part in the claim, but if people don’t register before the cut-off date they may miss out on their opportunity to take part in this legal action.”

“The deadline is fast approaching.”

Vioxx was withdrawn worldwide in September 2004. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Australians took the drug between 2000 and 2004.

People wanting to take part in the legal action or seeking more information should contact Slater and Gordon on 1800 555 777 or email vioxx@slatergordon.com.au.