- Correspondence to:
Clinical Services, Princess Margaret Hospital, Roberts Road, Perth, Western Australia 6008, Australia;
- First published September 22, 2004.
Worldwide withdrawal of Vioxx (rofecoxib; Merck)
One of the selective COX-2 inhibitors mentioned in this article (Vioxx (Rofecoxib; Merck)) has been voluntarily withdrawn by the manufacturer because of an increased relative risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke based on new, three-year data from a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the APPROVe (Adenomatous Polyp Prevention on VIOXX) trial.
A press release issued by Merck is available online at http://www.merck.com/newsroom/press_releases/product/2004_0930.html
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