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FDA Announces Series of Changes to the Class of Marketed Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

safe use of the drugs. FDA is also asking manufacturers of OTC NSAIDs to include a warning about potential skin reactions. The labeling of the prescription NSAIDs already addresses potential skin reactions.

This current reexamination of the CV risks of NSAIDs began after Merck conducted a voluntary worldwide withdrawal of its COX-2 selective NSAID, Vioxx (rofecoxib), in September 2004. FDA will carefully review any proposal from Merck for resumption of marketing of Vioxx.

These actions are based on the available scientific data, including data accumulated since the drugs were approved. The FDA has carefully considered the presentations, discussions, and recommendations from the joint meeting of the Agency's Arthritis and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee held on February 16-18, 2005.

To inform the public and healthcare community of its decisions, FDA today issued a Public Health Advisory (PHA) and updated patient and healthcare practitioner fact sheets.

Additional information about today's announcements is available on FDA's Web site at www.fda.gov/cder. Information can also be obtained by calling 1-888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332).


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