Vioxx Pulled from Market
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|Thu, 09-30-2004 - 9:07pm|
New study shows long-term use raises heart attack, stroke risk
By E.J. Mundell
THURSDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDayNews) -- The maker of the popular arthritis drug Vioxx is removing it from markets worldwide after a new study found that long-term users face increased risks for heart attack and stroke.
The three-year study, designed to see if daily 25-milligram doses of Vioxx might inhibit recurrence of precancerous polyps in the colon and rectum, found the cardiovascular risks began to appear approximately 18 months after starting on the drug.
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