Merck documents may worsen company's case

Meanwhile, in another potentially ominous development for Merck, the AP is reporting that it has obtained documents showing that Merck began work on a method of reducing the cardiovascular dangers of Cox-2 inhibitors in 1998, a fact that critics are likely to interpret as proof that the company was fully aware of the risks associated with the drug before it went on the market in 1999.

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