Vioxx Settlement Down, Merck Has Three More Government Probes Pending
Sales rep call notes on Vioxx off-label promotion were a key part of the government’s criminal case against Merck; $950 million settlement includes a new corporate integrity agreement that requires monitoring of call notes.
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