Pfizer Suspends Sales of Bextra (cont.)
Based upon the available data, FDA has concluded that an increased risk of CV events may be a class effect for NSAIDs. There are a number of non-selective NSAIDs currently approved for marketing in the United States. Long term controlled clinical trials have not been conducted with most of these NSAIDs. However, the available data suggests that use of these drugs may increase CV risk.
To further evaluate the potential for increased CV risk, all sponsors of non-selective NSAIDs will be asked to conduct and submit to FDA a comprehensive review and analysis of pertinent available controlled clinical trial databases.
In addition, FDA is requesting labeling changes for prescription and OTC non-selective NSAIDs. Because the use and labeling for the prescription products is different from those available without a prescription, they are addressed separately.
Prescription Non-Selective NSAIDs
Based on the available data, the FDA will request the manufacturers of all prescription products containing non-selective NSAIDs to revise their product labeling to include:
OTC Non-Selective NSAIDs
The available data do not appear to suggest an increased risk of serious CV events for the short-term, low-dose use of the NSAIDs available over the counter. FDA will request changes to the label to better inform consumers regarding the safe use of these products.
FDA will ask the manufacturers of all non-prescription products containing ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibu-Tab 200, Medipren, Cap-Profen, Tab-Profen, Profen, Ibuprohm), naproxen (Aleve), and ketoprofen (Orudis, Actron) to revise their labeling to include:
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