Lack of Heart Trials Obscured Painkiller Risks

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Americans have recently learned that four popular painkillers — Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra and naproxen — have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In 2001, scientists called for heart safety tests for these painkillers, but the FDA lacked the authority to require such trials. Hear NPR's Snigdha Prakash.



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