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Vioxx makers are attempting to prove their product does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease with use over a short treatment period in order to avoid certain cases where complainants have used the medication for less than 7 and 2 months. Vioxx had previously been removed from the market after studies showed that it increased the users risk of cardiovascular accidents. Lawyers on behalf of Vioxx are claiming that claimants family history, excess weight, hypertension, high cholesterol and sedentary lifestyles should also be taken into consideration before family members or patients seek legal proceedings against the drug company for heart attacks that coincide with use of the anti-inflammatory. Investigative drug trials for Vioxx had found that heart attacks were recorded with people on who had used the medication for less than 18 months.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Bloomberg.com
About: Vioxx to prove that short term use not harmful
Date: 16 November 2005
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