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The House Committee on Government Reformheld a hearing in Washington on May 5, 2005 on what Merck, the third-largest U.S. drugmaker, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should have done to protect the public from the dangers of Vioxx. The committee said its staff examined more than 20,000 pages of Vioxx-related documents before the meeting. Representative Gil Gutknecht, a Minnesota Republican, told the committee "It (the FDA) seems to be that they are shirking their responsibility to consumers and physicians."