rofecoxib, Vioxx

Discontinued Warning Icon Please Note: This Drug has been voluntarily withdrawn from the market.

GENERIC NAME: rofecoxib

BRAND NAME: Vioxx

IMPORTANT NEWS ALERT - September 30, 2004 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today acknowledged the voluntary withdrawal from the market of Vioxx (chemical name rofecoxib), a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) manufactured by Merck & Co. FDA today also issued a Public Health Advisory to inform patients of this action and to advise them to consult with a physician about alternative medications.

Merck is withdrawing Vioxx from the market after the data safety monitoring board overseeing a long-term study of the drug recommended that the study be halted because of an increased risk of serious cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes, among study patients taking Vioxx compared to patients receiving placebo. The study was being done in patients at risk of developing recurrent colon polyps.

To view the FDA press release, please see the recall posting "Vioxx Withdrawn From Market."




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