- Making News: Merck Announces Worldwide Withdrawal of Vioxx Arthritis Drug
Vioxx, the blockbuster arthritis drug, has been pulled off the market worldwide. That means more than $2 billion a year for Merck and Company, but Ray Gilmartin, CEO of the pharmaceutical giant, says clinical trials show an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Scott Hensley, who covers the pharmaceutical industry for the Wall Street Journal, reports that circumstantial evidence has been building for some time.
- Reporter's Notebook: Seismologists Raise Alert Level for Mount St. Helens
In 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington State erupted with an enormous blast, coating towns 250 miles away with volcanic ash. Bill Steele, seismology lab coordinator at the University of Washington in Seattle, is one of several scientists predicting another eruption. Although he assess the chances of another eruption at 70 percent, he doubts it will be a repeat of the 1980 event that killed 57 people.
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