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Posts tagged ‘COX-2’

  • Finding Better Alternatives to Vioxx and Other Common Harmful Drugs

    November 21, 2004

    Just last Thursday, (November 18, 2004), 39 law firms met at a café to vie for one of just two lucky spots to represent Merck in their forthcoming Vioxx woes. Vioxx is a prescription COX-2 selective, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has been on the market since 1999. Its primary uses were for the relief of osteoarthritis symptoms, pain management, and menstrual tension symptoms. It was later approved for the relief of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in adults and children. Although problems were seen soon after the drug was introduced, public awareness that the drugs increase the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke, has just recently been revealed. (more…)