posted on Dec, 21 2004 @ 08:21 AM
The FDA has come out and issued concerns regarding the drug Naproxen. This is the third drug in recent months to be linked to heart problems. The
earlier linkages were to Vioxx and Celebrex. Naproxen is an ingredient in several over the counter drugs, including Aleve.
The Food and Drug Administration is now warning about heart risks related to the use of Naproxen, a popular pain killer sold over the counter under
The latest shock to the industry came Monday night when federal regulators disclosed that the National Institutes of Health last Friday halted a drug
study involving certain anti-inflammatory drugs and patients at risk for Alzheimer's disease.
One of the drugs involved, Naproxen, is sold in generic form but is also the key ingredient in such brands as Aleve, sold by Germany's Bayer
(BAY:NYSE - news - research) and Naprosyn, sold by a subsidiary of Switzerland's Roche.
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I don't know how other people feel, but this seems to be a very interesting, if not potentially serious, issue. How are all these drugs getting FDA
approval? Who knows just how serious the issues are, but I know some the testimony that emerged after the Vioxx scandal suggested that there has been
a serious lack of testing on these drugs. I also remember the Vioxx whistle-blower issuing concern about a bunch of other drugs that we have haven't
heard more about, yet. I know he called out Seravent, and when I talked to my allergist about the concern, he knew absolutely nothing about it (which
is interesting because the drug makers responses so far have been "talk to your doctor"). Big business, medicine, government...you decide.
[edit on 12-21-2004 by Zion Mainframe]