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Researchers have revealed today that Vioxx may have been responsible for 88,000 to 140,000 serious heart conditions in the US since 1999. Other studies show that 44% of heart disease patients eventually die from it and hence Vioxx may have played a part in reducing the length of many lives. A study examining the risks associated with Vioxx found that it caused a 34% higher risk of heart disease compared to other drugs. Also, Vioxx increased the risk of heart disease by 1.6 times (standard dose) and 3.6 times (high dose) compared to patients on Celebrex. Naproxen was also found to increase the risk of heart disease by 14% despite the fact that other studies have shown that it actually decreases heart disease risk. To confuse the issue, anther smaller study today released findings that COX-2 inhibitors did not pose any greater risk than NSAIDs.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Times Online
About: Study shows 88-140,000 people may have suffered from cardiovascular problems caused by Vioxx
Date: 25 January 2005
Source: Times Online
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