Vioxx

SETTLEMENT PROCESS

April 20, 2013

On April 20, 2013 The Claims Administrator published the Notice of Approval of Settlement of Vioxx Litigation in major newspapers and media across Canada. Click here to read the Notice. (Short Form - English) (Long Form- English) (Short Form - French) (Long Form - French)

Vioxx is a prescription pain medication that was sold in drug stores until it was recalled on September 30, 2004.

The settlement involves all persons in Canada, including their estates, who were prescribed and ingested Vioxx (the "Class"); and all persons who by reason of their relationship (spouses or children) to a member of the Class are entitled to make claims under any of the dependants/derivative claim statutes in Canada as a result of the death or personal injury of such member of the Class (the "Family Class").

The Courts across Canada have approved the national settlement agreement, which settles all litigation in Canada relating to Vioxx. Note, however, that the defendants deny the plaintiffs' allegations and deny any wrongdoing or liability. The allegations made by the plaintiffs have not been proven in court.

SUMMARY OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

If you would like a copy of the settlement agreement, it is available at http://www.vioxxnationalclassaction.ca or www.vioxxclassactionsettlement.ca, or a copy can be obtained by contacting the Class Counsel listed in the Notice or by contacting the Claims Administrator.

Full details of the settlement are available from the Claims Administrator or the vioxx settlement websites noted above.

ELIGIBLE EVENTS

Claimants or their estates may be eligible to receive settlement payments if they took Vioxx and then experienced a heart attack (myocardial infarction), sudden cardiac death or ischemic stroke.

Eligible claimants who had an ischemic stroke will receive a payment of no more than $5000.

The size of payments to eligible claimants who had a myocardial infarction or sudden cardiac death will be based on the number of approved claims and other factors, including:

  • Length of duration of use of Vioxx; and
  • Risk factors including age, smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, family history, alcohol or drug abuse

Spouses and children of eligible claimants may also be eligible to receive settlement payments.

TO MAKE A CLAIM

All class members wishing to make a claim under the Vioxx settlement must file a claim with the Claims Administrator on or before August 19, 2013. A detailed instruction package on how to file a claim is available at http://www.vioxxnationalclassaction.ca or www.vioxxclassactionsettlement.caor from the Claims Administrator at:

NPT RicePoint Class Action Services
P.O. Box 3355
London, ON N6A 4K3
1‑888‑507‑8759

ATTENTION ALL CANADIAN VIOXX USERS

June 8, 2012

Notices to Class Members advising of the upcoming Settlement Approval hearings were published on June 9, 2012 in papers across the Country.

Settlement approval hearings will take place in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec as follows:

  • Ontario - July 17, 2012
  • Saskatchewan - July 25, 2012

Any class member who wants to object to the settlement has an opportunity to file their objections, in writing, with the hearings notice administrator. These objections must be filed no later than July 3, 2012. The hearings notice administrator may be contacted at the following address:

NPT RicePoint Class Action Services
P.O. Box 3355
London, ON N6A 4K3
1‑888‑507‑8759

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan class members, if they do not wish to participate in the class action, have an opportunity to opt out of the class action if their opt-out form is received by July 9, 2012. Opt-out forms are available at the following links: [English][French]. Class members from other provinces can no longer opt out of the class action since the opt out deadlines have past.

Saskatchewan Class Members who do not opt-out have the right to make objections no later than July 3, 2012 as set out above.

The Saskatchewan notice to class members is available here: [English][French].

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED

June 19, 2012

Settlement Agreement

The total amount of the settlement is for up to $36,881,250.00 depending on the number of approved claims and includes payments to provincial health insurers, payments towards legal costs, and payments for notice and claims administration. If the settlement is approved by the courts, individuals (or their estates) may be eligible to receive payment if they took Vioxx and then experienced a heart attack (myocardial infarction), sudden cardiac death or ischemic stroke. Spouses and children of eligible claimants may also be eligible for payment.

The next step is to seek court approval. A notice with details of the settlement approval hearings will be published in the near future. If the settlement is approved by the courts, a further notice will be published which will explain the steps for making a claim.

If you or someone you know used Vioxx and then experienced a myocardial infarction, sudden cardiac death or ischemic stroke, please contact us as soon as possible so we can determine if you are eligible for payment. If the settlement is approved by the courts, there will be a limited time to make a claim and it can take a significant amount of time to collect all of the documents necessary to prove your claim.