TRENTON, N.J. Merck & Co. says a Texas appeals court has overturned a verdict against the drugmaker in a case involving its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx.
A Texas jury two years ago awarded the widow of 71-year-old Leonel (LAY'-oh-nel) Garza $32 million. That later was cut to about $7.75 million under Texas damage caps.
Garza had had a long history of heart disease and died of a heart attack after taking Vioxx briefly.
Merck said Wednesday the appeals court found insufficient evidence supporting the jury's verdict.
The New Jersey-based drugmaker pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after research showed the painkiller doubled risk of heart attacks and strokes.