Vioxx-Type Drugs May Not Have Same Risk

Pain relievers in the same class as Vioxx may not carry the same cardiovascular risk as the blockbuster drug that was withdrawn from the market three weeks ago, a U.S. regulator said on Wednesday. Vioxx is a COX-2 inhibitor, a class of drugs that includes Celebrex and Bextra, made by Pfizer Inc., as well as Arcoxia, the second-generation pain reliever made by Vioxx maker Merck, which is under regulatory review.

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