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Dangers of Vioxx and Celebrex
Last review: 08/12/10  Vioxx Lawsuit Help
Twenty million people have taken Vioxx since its 1999 launch, and then in October 2004, Merck and Co. announced the drug was being taken off the market after studies showed patients who took it for more than 18 months had double the risk of heart attack and stroke. The news was shocking, and though some concerns were raised that the dangers of Vioxx may be a class wide effect, Pfizer Inc. reassured patients that the two remaining Cox-2 drugs on the market, and subsequently both Pfizer drugs, were not associated to the Vioxx problems.

Just a couple months later, Pfizer announced at the request of the FDA that it was no longer advertising Celebrex after high doses of the drug were also found to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. The announcement was made despite Pfizer reassuring the public just days before that there were no major dangers linked to Celebrex. If the Vioxx recall announcement did not already cause major controversy, the Celebrex, Bextra and Naproxen drug warnings that closely followed would have.

After the Vioxx recall, an FDA whistleblower said he was pressured to suppress information that cast negative light on Vioxx by the agency. Investigations were already underway and testimony presented when potential dangers of Celebrex warnings were issued. The FDA has recommended physicians limit their use of Celebrex, but the federal agency has been the target of major criticism upon learning they may have known about the dangers of Vioxx several years before the drug was ever recalled.

Now, millions of people on Celebrex, in addition to the millions of people that had switched from Vioxx to Celebrex, are trying to decide what to take for their arthritis pain while wondering what other information has been suppressed. Consumer groups, patients and doctors are angry that they have not been getting enough information about drugs that they use to make informed and educated choices about their pain relief. Between the FDA, drug companies, researchers, doctors and any other “expert” weighing in, the public is forced to choose medications based on conflicting data.

The dangers of Vioxx and Celebrex when looking at different studies changes, and people don’t know what the truth is and what information may be misleading. Problems have arisen, according to consumer groups and other critics, because the FDA has gotten too close to drug companies and are unable to act on behalf of the public at large. In any event, the dangers of Vioxx and Celebrex may have caused hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes, and patients and family members of deceased patients are trying to regain justice by filing lawsuits through the legal system.

Arthritis patients still trying to figure out what drug will help them with their pain management and who to ask for help are starting to incorporate more natural and alternative therapies, unable to risk another drug safety warning.

This article about Vioxx and Celebrex was contributed by Vioxx Lawsuit Help.