Vioxx Risks

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email

In a St. Joseph Healthscene report, a long-term study of people who took Vioxx shows the once-popular arthritis drug doubled the risk of strokes and heart attacks, but the risk went away a year after people stopped taking it. Safety data from this same study in 2004 set off alarms that prompted drug maker Merck to take the painkiller off the market.


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