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Merck must have been listening to you, since a few days after your post went up, Merck changed its strategy. It is now saying that it will consider settling heart attack and stroke cases in which Vioxx usage was 18 months or more and there were no pre-existing heart problems. Merck's decision to focus solely on these claims isn't supported by the science, but I suppose it's a start.

There's an article about settlement here:

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