Says in part:
"There is no reliable scientific evidence that VIOXX caused Mr. Garza's heart attack," said Ted Mayer of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, outside counsel for Merck. "At the time of Mr. Garza's heart attack, he exhibited numerous major risk factors for coronary artery disease. His autopsy report lists acute myocardial infarction as the cause of his death and notes evidence of severe atherosclerotic disease in all of Mr. Garza's coronary arteries. We are confident that any fair jury will find that VIOXX had nothing to do with the unfortunate passing of Mr. Garza since there is no reliable scientific evidence that short-term use of VIOXX increases cardiovascular risk."
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