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I had not paid a great deal of attention to the Vioxx withdrawal until the last few days as my email in-box was filling up with spam emails seeking participants in class action law suits .... trust lawyers to stoop to such tactics
Then a headline in this morning's papar caught my eye claiming that deaths from Vioxx could be in the 1000's :( - I fully understand that there is nothing like the truth to get in the way of a good story, so did some looking and found these very recent stories:
VIOXX .... WOW!!! - in a matter of minutes of posting the above message, all the Vioxx adverts appeared at the top of the page via Google!!!! - this Vioxx issue certainly must be a money spinner for the lawyers!!! .... don't figure
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The approval of rofecoxib (Vioxx) by the US Food and Drug Administration has led to the "single greatest drug safety catastrophe in the history of this country or the history of the world," charged one of the agency's own experts, Dr David Graham, in US Senate hearings last Thursday
Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate's finance committee, opened the hearings on the FDA and rofecoxib and its manufacturer, Merck, saying he hoped Congressional investigation would help shed "disinfecting sunlight" on the approval of rofecoxib by the FDA and its subsequent withdrawal by Merck on 30 September, when the company acknowledged that the drug carried "serious cardiovascular risks".
Senator Grassley charged that the FDA "has lost its way when it comes to making sure drugs are safe" and that its relationship with drug companies was "too cosy."
Doctors, lawmakers and even an official at the US agency that vets drugs before they are sold to the public say the Food and Drug Administration is too cozy with the companies it regulates and needs reform...
Eric Topol, chairman of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, was one of the leading voices challenging the safety of the arthritis drug Vioxx, which was eventually pulled from the market. That is why the news that he was acting as a consultant to a hedge fund that sold Merck short--essentially betting shares would fall--came as a shock.
Today, Topol explained his involvement with the investment fund via a prepared statement and an email.
Topol's first published criticisms of Vioxx occurred in the Journal of the American Medical Association in August 2001. He says he became an advisor for the investment fund, Great Point Partners, two years later in August 2003. The news was first reported by Fortune magazine.
In today's statement, Topol says that he was retained by Great Point Partners for a fee of $12,000 per year. However, he says, he never discussed Merck nor Vioxx with the fund, and had no knowledge that it was shorting Merck. Nor did he invest in the fund. Moreover, he says he has not seen marketing material referenced by Fortune that implied that he had helped the fund "get the jump" on its investing strategies--perhaps including Vioxx, and that he quit as soon as he heard about the potential conflict, on Oct. 28.
NEW YORK - The New York state comptroller sued Merck & Co., claiming the drug maker hid certain risks associated with the painkiller Vioxx.
Merck pulled its Vioxx pain medication from shelves Sept. 30 after a clinical trial showed patients taking the drug showed an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes after 18 months. The move came after several physicians and other studies raised concerns about the drug's potential health risks.
The company has been the subject of several investor lawsuits since it pulled Vioxx off the market, mostly because its stock has lost well over a third of its value since the recall. One of the losers has been New York state's pension fund, which has recorded $171 million in paper losses related to Merck, according to state Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi.
WASHINGTON - Pfizer's Celebrex gained a majority of sales for new-generation painkillers in the month after Merck & Co. yanked Vioxx due to safety concerns, according to IMS Health, a pharmaceutical information company.
Pfizer's other cox-2 inhibitor, Bextra, gained fewer prescriptions in October, and in November confronted heightened scrutiny of its safety.
Merck faces a flood of lawsuits after Vioxx was linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke and the company withdrew it from the market Sept. 30. Analysts estimate the company's legal liabilities could reach $18 billion.
In October, the first full month of data after the Vioxx withdrawal, sales of Celebrex topped $260 million, or 63.5 percent of the market for cox-2 inhibitors, according to IMS Health data. In September, Celebrex had accounted for 48.7 percent of the market for the new-generation painkillers.
In an announcement that many doctors were waiting for, Pfizer Inc. said its top-selling painkiller Celebrex -- which is similar to Vioxx -- caused an increased risk of heart attacks when used in high doses during a clinical trial.
But Pfizer said it has no plans to take Celebrex off the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not made a decision about the drug but expects to do so in the next few days.
The news worries Jane Ramsden, 52, of Troy, who calls Celebrex a "wonder drug."
"It broke my heart because it's been the greatest drug," she said.
Ramdsen's podiatrist prescribed Celebrex for a constant sharp pain in her heel a year and a half ago. The pain went away almost immediately after taking the drug, she said.
New prescriptions for Pfizer Inc.'s COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex (celecoxib) fell 56% last week after the company released data showing the drug may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to Verispan, a market research company.
New prescriptions for naproxen fell 33% in the week ending Dec. 24 after the National Institutes of Health linked it too to possible heart risks.
Glucosamine sulphate.....or Diclofenac sodium (Cox 1 and Cox 2 pathway) if it has to be trad NSAID...as long as it is tolerated. Constant use is a problem of course. When used to take the top off a spike of activity over shorter periods this is probably less of an issue.
OK ... I going to stick my neck out here and get on my soapbox...
I think juries in the US that award damages are thick (as we would say back in NZ "thick as pig****" --- for those that do not know, pig**** can be thick).
Some basic epidemiology....
Say, for eg, the risk for developing a fatal heart attack at age X is 1:50 000
If you take Viozz that risk is increased to, say for example, to 3:50 000
THATS NOT CAUSATION, THATS AN INCREASE IN RISK.
Why are the juries so thick that they not grasp this basic epidemiology!!!!
Look how wrong they got it with the silicone breat implants and connective tissue disease. A company went bankrupt over this, jobs were lost, bottom dwelling lawyers got rich .... but now we know (as the good science has been done) that there is NO increased risk for connective tissue disease from the use of silicon breast implants ---- those bottom dwelling lawyers that litigated these cases should be force to pay all the money back. :p
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