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CELEBREX, ETC. DON'T PROTECT STOMACH FROM BLEEDING ULCERS

Celebrex effectiveness called into question

The Associated Press The Globe and Mail Thursday, December 26, 2002

The blockbuster arthritis drug Celebrex doesn't protect the stomach from dangerous bleeding ulcers as well as thought, a study suggests.

Celebrex and two similar new anti-inflammatory drugs are heavily advertised as being safer for arthritis patients based on earlier research that found they caused fewer ulcers and other gastrointestinal complications than older anti-inflammatory medicines. Together, the three new drugs have annual sales exceeding $6-billion.

But their safety has been called into question recently. The new study, which focused on arthritis patients at high risk of recurrent ulcers, escalates the controversy involving Celebrex, showing nearly 10 per cent each year would develop another bleeding ulcer.

The study found the same thing for an older anti- ! inflammatory drug combined with ulcer medicine Prilosec, which doctors often give arthritis patients to protect their stomachs. In addition, neither treatment protected as many patients from dangerous kidney complications as past studies showed, the researchers said. . . . �[...] This is only an excerpt -- read the complete news at: http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/business/RTGAM/200212...

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