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FDA Meets to Review Painkiller Safety

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FDA Meets to Review Painkiller Safety

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FDA Meets to Review Painkiller Safety

FDA Meets to Review Painkiller Safety

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The Food and Drug Administration holds three days of meetings to debate the safety of painkilling drugs. In some clinical studies, Cox-2 drugs, such as Vioxx and Celebrex, have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA event is an effort to determine whether all such inhibitors carry similar risks.