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Merck Will Need VIGOR To Defend Vioxx Data Following NEJM Claims

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The New England Journal of Medicine has asked the authors of a major Vioxx study to submit a correction restating results after the journal concluded that cardiovascular events were misrepresented in the study manuscript and that Merck had known about additional events prior to the trial's publication

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