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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Shocking News: Vioxx and Celebrex Overprescribed!

A recent study by doctors at Stanford University and the University of Chicago found that both Vioxx and Celebrex, heavily marketed as "super-aspirin," had been prescribed for millions of patients who were not at risk for gastrointestinal bleeding, the main reason patients were told to switch from aspirin to COX-2 inhibitors.

With data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the study concluded that 73 percent of patients considered at low or very low risk of gastrointestinal problems should not have been considered for the newer drugs, and that those who were switched had to pay more for their drugs. According to the study, COX-2 inhibitors cost 10 to 15 times as much as the drugs they replaced.  The study may be found in the  January 24th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

As you are all well aware, Merck recalled Vioxx last year because the drug has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.  More recently, studies have shown that Celebrex, manufactured by Pfizer, may pose similar risks to patieints. 

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We note information linking Vioxx to Workers Compensation at http://www.joepaduda.com/ " While attorneys, researchers, and others argue over the causality issues, adjusters, insurers, and reinsures will find themselves faced with claims for heart problems from patients with bad knees. Unfortunately, there does seem to be a strong linkage between Celebrex and cardiovascular problems, and these problems may not be limited to Celebrex and Vioxx... "

While the cause of these results is uncertain at this time, they suggest an increased risk of confirmed cardiovascular events beginning after 18 months of continuous therapy. While we recognize that Vioxx benefited many patients, we believe this action is appropriate.

Vioxx 25 mg in preventing recurrence of colorectal polyps in patients with a history of colorectal adenomas. In this study, there was an increased relative risk for confirmed cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, beginning after 18 months of treatment in the patients taking Vioxx compared to those taking placebo. The results for the first 18 months of the approve study did not show any increased risk of confirmed cardiovascular events on Vioxx.

If your taking Vioxx notify your doctor immediately if you develop abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort; nausea; blood in your vomit; bloody, black, or tarry stools, unexplained weight gain, swelling or water retention, fatigue or lethargy, a skin rash, itching, yellowing of your skin or eyes," flu-like" symptoms, or unusual bruising or bleeding. These symptoms could be early signs of dangerous side effects.

Vioxx attorneys advise to stop taking Vioxx and seek medical treatment or contact your doctor immediately If you experience any of the following serious side effects, abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort, nausea or heartburn, blood in your vomit, unexplained weight gain, swelling or water retention, unusual fatigue or lethargy, a skin rash or itching, yellowing of your skin or eyes, flu-like" symptoms, unusual bruising, dizziness, mild fatigue or weakness, or diarrhea, and side effects such as stomach ulcers and bleeding.

Vioxx increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. Vioxx 25 mg or more per day have a risk of experiencing an acute myocardial infarction or an increased risk of myocardial infarction involving both short-term and long-term usage concluding that patients taking Vioxx for only a few months were also at risk.

Law Firms have attorneys on staff to offer free consultation on Vioxx and or Vioxx settlement. Some Law firms offer confidential online interview at no cost. Attorneys are filing lawsuits across the country on behalf of thousands of victims if you have taken Vioxx you may have a claim against Vioxx and receive a settlement. Do not take Vioxx.

Vioxx would really like you to think this! No one is forcing people who make that judgment to take Vioxx. The great virtue of freedom to choose is that it allows people to make their own tradeoffs between risk and other things even death. And one of those other things is pain from arthritis. Which brings us to the tradeoff between death and pain reduction?

Vioxx is thought to withhold evidence of Vioxx's harmful side effects. which is certified by the FDA to have protective effects, has produced fantastic results for those most vulnerable to the side effects of NSAID, Vioxx was approved by the FDA for the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acute pain, dysmenorrhea, and migraines. I just don't understand why the FDA approve drugs like Vioxx that kills! the only benefits are to the?

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Posted by: Leon Pena | Jan 27, 2005 10:40:49 AM

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