7,000 lose their jobs over Vioxx litigation.
Those #@#% trial lawyers are destroying America. An interesting link (at bottom) describes how in today's litigious environment even aspirin, acetaminophen, and penicillin wouldn't pass FDA standards because of the inherent dangers involved with these drugs. If aspirin and acetaminophen weren't so ubiquitous, imagine the #@#% trial lawyers having a run at them - GI bleeding, liver damage, Reyes syndrome, etc.
It's a sordid business trial lawyers are in. The more a person suffers - the more money trial lawyers make.
I suppose the same thing could be said about physicians, but at least physicians don't take 1/3 from you.