2006-06-28 00:00:00

Vioxx risks show up earlier than expected.

The original study that discussed the cardiovascular risks (heart attack and stroke) associated with the painkiller Vioxx, published in March of 2005, claimed that the risk appeared after 18 months of use.? A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this week reported heart attacks and strokes were more prevalent in patient populations who had taken Vioxx for as few as 4 months.

Merck faces over 13,000 lawsuits forVioxx, the blockbuster arthritis drug until it was pulled from the market in September 2004.

This raises the growing concern about the FDA’s ability to manage drug safety.? The Government Accountability Office published a report that the agency (FDA) lacks the inability to monitor and handle drug safety issues.? A full version of the report can be viewed at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06402.pdf.

Dr. Bryan Bingham
Highland Chiropractic

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