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Merck has revealed that the recently withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx was capable of significantly reducing the development precancerous polyps in the colon. Nevertheless, it has no intention of bringing back the product. Recently, it was also revealed that Aleve (naproxen), an over the counter pain reliever, was also causing concern about side effects. Aleve was shown to increase the risk of heart problems by 50% which is still a fairly insignificant amount in actual figures but it was enough to stop further trials. The dilemma is to decide whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by International Herald Tribune
About: Promising drugs raise dilemma of whether benefits outweigh the risks
Date: 23 December 2004
Source: International Herald Tribune
Author: Gina Kolata
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