Navigation Links
Drug dilemma confronts users of painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration announced that Vioxx - Merck's blockbuster painkiller, would include new information on its label. The FDA said that Merck can claim that Vioxx has fewer gastrointestinal complications// than one older non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, naproxen. But the FDA also decided that the Vioxx label must mention that it might be linked to an increased risk of heart attack or high blood pressure.

Manufacturer Merck & Company got good news, too: Vioxx can advertise that it's gentler to the stomach than an older competitor and that it relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in addition to the more common osteoarthritis. Vioxx and another popular competitor, Celebrex, work differently than older, cheaper painkillers known to cause stomach ulcers.

Merck had fought for over a year to be allowed to say Vioxx is gentler to the stomach. Finally, the FDA agreed that an 8,000-patient study found Vioxx users had half the risk of ulcers as users of the older naproxen. The same study found Vioxx users had twice the risk of heart attacks or other cardiovascular side effects than naproxen patients.

Merck argued that Vioxx isn't bad, but that naproxen offered the added benefit of thinning the blood a little, which Vioxx doesn't do. Studies also show Vioxx can increase the risk of high blood pressure, and that people who use higher-than-recommended doses are more at risk for certain side effects.

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. A ray of hope in Angioplasty dilemma
2. Safeguarding anti-inflammatory users from ulcers
3. Personality profiles of gamblers and substance abusers are similar
4. Women complain Viagra users want too much sex
5. Morphine Withdrawal Complicates Hepatitis C Infection in Drug Abusers
6. Children Of Alcoholics Tend to Become Drug Abusers In Adulthood
7. UN Warns of HIV epidemic among Asia-Pacific drug users
8. Lack of treatment for cocaine users
9. Reinfection with Hepatitis C Stopped in drug users
10. Calcitriol [Vitamin D] with combination of painkillers for cancer treatment
11. Codeine-based painkillers to be used cautiously
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, has issued an ... extreme heat at their worksites. Employers with workers exposed to high temperatures ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media with ... X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Color ... users can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing colorful ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TherapySites, ... its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites ... Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... California (PRWEB) , ... June ... ... pioneer in the patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership with ... health system workflows. , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A ... revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require ... has disrupted the taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. , June 23, 2016 ... faced the many challenges of the current process. Many of ... option because of the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs ... would have to offer it at such a high cost ... to afford it. Dr. Parsa Zadeh , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: ... its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated ... shock. With this clearance, Roche is the first IVD ... solution for sepsis risk assessment and management. ... and PCT levels in blood can aid clinicians in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... their offering. The current ... environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population creates ... drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction of ... but development is still in its infancy. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: