Vioxx class action settlement

Details on how to file a claim for the $23 million Vioxx class action settlement are now available. If you purchased the prescription painkiller Vioxx before October 1, 2004, you may be eligible to claim up to $50 cash or reimbursement of the actual out-of-pocket costs you paid for Vioxx, up to $75.

The Vioxx settlement resolves multiple class action lawsuits (consolidated as In re: Vioxx Products Liability Litigation) that allege Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. falsely advertised Vioxx as having greater benefits than less expensive generic NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen, when no such benefits had been established. Plaintiffs also claim that the marketing of Vioxx was inconsistent with its FDA-approved labels. As a result, consumers allegedly paid more for Vioxx than they otherwise would have.

Merck denies the allegations but agreed to establish a $23 million class action lawsuit settlement fund to resolve the litigation. The Court preliminarily approved the Vioxx class action settlement on August 2, 2013. A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for December 13, 2013.

Who’s Eligible

Class Members of the Vioxx settlement include all consumers who purchased Vioxx for personal or family use before October 1, 2004.

The class action settlement does not include consumers who purchased Vioxx before this date while living in Missouri. These Missouri consumers were already awarded a class action settlement, which has an October 7 Claim Form deadline. [See “Missouri Vioxx Class Action Settlement.”]

Potential Award

up to $50 or $75

Proof of Purchase

The only way to receive a cash award of up to $50 or $75 from the Vioxx class action settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form and the required supporting documentation no later than May 6, 2014. Supporting documents include either proof of payment, proof of prescription or documentation of a post-withdrawal medical consultation.

Claim Form Deadline


Case Name

Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Final Hearing


Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

The Vioxx Consumer Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 26882
Richmond, VA 23261


Class Counsel

Russ Herman

Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Defense Counsel

Douglas R. Marvin

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  • lucybird September 13, 2013

    the form was impossible to finish

  • jeff September 16, 2013

    why do these morons need my social security number. Aren’t they the ones being sued. Do we trust them with our personal info. Seems like a way to get people not to file. Please let me know what you think. Jeff

  • Jim September 16, 2013

    how do I get access to the web site to file a claim?

  • lessie wilson September 17, 2013

    #4why is it so difficult to file a claim form that not their.

  • jro September 22, 2013

    I didn’t have a problem with the was pretty easy to me.

  • lucybird September 29, 2013

    the claim form online does not work, you have to ask for it my snail mail.

  • harvey cohen October 6, 2013

    I took vioxx and i was hospitalized shortly there after

  • Joseph Malbrough November 17, 2013

    Who knows what will become of this matter.

  • pam December 23, 2013

    Got checks in Florida today for 180

  • Donna January 14, 2014

    I am confused here. According to section 2.3 of the settlement agreement, claimants may be refunded the amounts PAID for vioxx during the time period, as well as, payments of up to $75 for out of pocket expenses paid for post withdrawal consultations or diagnostic testing relating to the use of vioxx. Has something changed in this settlement agreement or something? If so, I would have objected to this settlement after suffering a DVT caused by this medication.

  • Duke Conte February 23, 2014

    HeLLo, Im very curious about the thousands of VICTOMS that”” DIED”” from using “VIOXXXX”… Through My Research I now Realize that there were Maybe 30,000 AMERICANS VICTOMISED. or More..What are the SETTLEMENTs for these Families that Suffered from losses of “DeaLth in their Families. What was there “CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT SETTLEMENTS”” ? ??? (HOW DO PUT A PRICE ON SOMEONEs LIFE) ?

    • Duke Conte February 23, 2014


    • ellen machacek July 8, 2014

      My husband had a stroke in 2001 due to taking vioxx. they thought he would never do anything as normally as he had done. well after 3 months in the hospital and 3 more months in rehab. He had somewhat learn to do some things. when he first came home from the hospital he could not even feed himself. I did get involved in the class action law suit and I think he got about 70,000. they also had in that settlement a claim for extreme loss over and above what he received in the reqular class action suit he was paid for. we filled out the form for the extreme circumstances and the so called Claims Administrator denied it. My husband has never been the same since this happened to him. Now he is suffering from cognitive memory loss which is about as bad as it gets. there are no pills, to help, to change this because his brain had an infarction which meant you can not fix it. I have to be honest and wonder why I haven’t tried more to pursue his issues. the law firm that handled it got over $75,000just in administrative fees. they got travel, phone calls reimbursement and I don’t know what else. all I can say is that I had to honestly worry the hell out of them for him to get anything. He should have gotten a lot more since his condition has gotten worse and I have not done anything else because I was so scared of the attorneys who handled it. I wanted them to prove to me that he did not qualify for extreme circumstances and they would not do it. because the special administrators who handled and made the decision I was not allowed to speak to. remember I am just a novice in this kind of action and didn’t know what the hell they were doing right or wrong. I have always thought this whole settlement was a tremendous scam for the people who suffered even the ones who passed away. Just wanted to be able to express my feelings because I know I can’t do anything more for him physically or monetary. thank you for listening. I hope if can I hear back from you.

  • stl6 March 1, 2014

    Has anyone currently living in Missouri received a $180 check? A friend from Illinois has received her check on December 23, 2013. Looking for my mom’s settlement–thought it would be here by now.

  • david April 23, 2014

    No way am I going to give them my social for a lousy settlement check!

  • DEELO June 19, 2014

    When Will I Be Paid?
    In accordance with Section 2.6 of the Settlement Agreement, no payments will be made until the Claim Filing Deadline has passed and the review process is complete for all claimants. The Claim Filing Deadline is May 6th, 2014. We do not anticipate issuing any payments until after July 2014.

  • deelo July 6, 2014

    When Will I Be Paid?
    In accordance with Section 2.6 of the Settlement Agreement, no payments will be made until the Claim Filing Deadline has passed and the review process is complete for all claimants. The Claim Filing Deadline is May 6th, 2014. We do not anticipate issuing any payments until after July 2014.
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  • Cindylou October 24, 2014

    I filled out appropriate forms, sent in receipts and have heard nothing. Any news, anyone ????

  • Big D November 13, 2014

    Has anyone heard of any updates? Thanks

  • VioxxUser December 15, 2014

    I got an email today from, stating they “do not have an anticipated date for issuing payments in this settlement “.

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