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Merck recalls Vioxx for cardio issues

by TONI H / September 29, 2004 11:57 PM PDT
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by Evie / September 30, 2004 12:02 AM PDT

I heard this on the radio this morning. Scared the bejeebers out of me. It was the only drug that worked for my back pain a couple of years ago, and the only one that really helps the hubby's wrist when it acts up.

Evie Happy

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Re: Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
by TONI H / September 30, 2004 12:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

I had used it temporarily when I was getting severe joint pain from the Provachol I was told to take for my cholesterol problem about four years ago. Since it was determined that I should change to Zocor for the cholesterol issue, the joint pain went away and I didn't take the Vioxx anymore. I was amazed at how quickly the joint pain left when I was on the Vioxx and truly saw it as a 'miracle drug' for arthritis patients who had finally found something that really worked considering most of the alternatives being offered didn't do anything except milk your wallet.

What a shame that this particular med has had such a bad turn of events regarding the risk involved for heart patients (and people who don't realize that they even HAVE a heart problem). Better safe than sorry and bravo to Merck for the voluntary recall...and I hope that they find a way to 'rework' the med to make it safer and get it back out there.


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Re: Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 30, 2004 1:24 PM PDT

Hi, Toni.

Differen NSAIDs work better or worse for different people, for unknown reasons. I doubt they'll rework Vioxx, but they supposedly have another one in the pipeline about a year away from approval, if all goes well. But there's no guarantee it'll work for those for whom Vioxx worked...

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....she said breathlessly......
by James Denison / September 30, 2004 12:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

So glad I'm holding Wyeth instead of Merck. (whew!)

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I'm shocked to see a pharma behaving in this
by Dan McC / September 30, 2004 1:31 AM PDT

responsible manner!

Good for them.


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(NT) (NT) Re: I'll second that , Dan
by MKay / September 30, 2004 2:14 AM PDT
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by Evie / September 30, 2004 5:35 AM PDT

Do you think the doctors, clinicians and scientists that work for pharmaceutical companies are inherently evil or something?

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Re: Why?
by Dan McC / September 30, 2004 6:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Why?

No, I don't. But the people you list, the researchers, are not the most influential, nor do they make most of the big decisions.


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