posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 01:30 AM
"Topol, a well-known cardiovascular researcher, also reviewed an unpublished clinical trial of Vioxx by Merck in 1998 that showed patients who took
the drug were six times more likely to have serious cardiovascular events -- including heart attacks and strokes -- than patients who took another
arthritis drug or placebo. "
"In March 2000, results from a clinical trial known as the "Approve" study showed Vioxx doubled the risk of heart attack and strokes in patients
who had taken it for over 18 months to prevent recurrence of colon polyps. Merck recalled the drug on Sept. 30 based on data from the trial."
"About 105 million U.S. prescriptions were written for Vioxx from May 1999 through August 2004, and about 20 million people have used the drug since
its 1999 launch, Merck said."
How many other drugs are on the market that they know could have profound adverse affects on our health, but we're being given them without knowing
the full risks?
Is this fair to the consumer?
As soon as they suspect ill effects associated with a drug wouldn't it be fair to give the buyer of this perscription a write out of the suspected
side effects, there-by at least giving them fair warning?
It's horrible that we have been left in the dark for so long.
Mod Edit: Shrunk the long link
[edit on 11/15/04 by FredT]
[edit on 15-11-2004 by kastinyque]