SPOTLIGHT: A better day for Merck in Vioxx trial

A better day for Merck in Vioxx trial
After several days of setbacks, things appear to be looking up a bit for Merck in the Ernst case. On Thursday, Merck epidemiologist Nancy Santenello argued that an ER doctor was "presumptive" in labeling the cause of death in the case a heart attack. The company argues that it cannot be held responsible for the death of Robert Ernst because he died of an arrhythmia, not a heart attack. The company argues there is no evidence to link Vioxx to arrhythmias. Story (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)