Pfizer Asked to Pull Arthritis Drug Bextra

The Food and Drug Administration has asked Pfizer to remove the anti-inflammatory drug Bextra from pharmacy shelves. The painkiller is the latest inhibitor of the enzyme known as cox-2 that has been shown to increase risks to heart, stomach and skin. The FDA named 18 other prescription and over-the-counter medicines that may pose a danger.

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