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Anti-inflammatory drugs suffer Vioxx backlash

The beginning of the Vioxx legal proceedings began after Merck & Co. were found guilty of negligence in causing a fatal heart attack in a 59 year old man who was using the medication for pain relief from arthritis. Since that time other anti-inflammatory drugs have also faced scrutiny and scientists believe that this could have been avoided if drug trials conducted by the pharmaceutical companies were less biased. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including Vioxx, also cause other problems such as gastric ulcers, bleeding, reflux and death. These complications are usually the result of prolonged use, however not relieving pain can also provide health problems, particularly cardiovascular disease.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Star

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About: Anti-inflammatory drugs suffer Vioxx backlash

Date: 2 October 2005

Source: The Star

Author: Tee Shiao Eek


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