In addition, with regard to the most recent study on Pfizer's Celebrex, is more of a laughing matter. Like all drugs, this group of drugs also pose side effects. Every pill that we take is not natural and hence may have certain levels of toxicity. Take, Tylenol for example, if you take more that 4 grams (8 500mg pills) per day you can develop liver toxicity and generally, physicians do a pretty good job of warning their patients of the side effects. In this particular study, the patients were given an extremely high dose of Celebrex for an extended period of time. Furthermore, this select group of patient were stricken with Cancer, which does not represent the general population as a whole. Furthermore, do we completely understand cancer today? NO!
Indeed, the Cox II family of drugs, Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, do not offer better pain relief than the cheaper over-the-counter Motrin or Ibuprofen. However, this group of drugs is very important for those patients that have severe gastrointestinal problems such as history of gastric ulcers or bleeding.
As I sit here and watching the CNBC special on Merck and Vioxx, I found it absurd that one of the widows claim that Vioxx killed her husband who admittedly did not seek medical care as he thought he was in perfect health. Furthermore, he took the medicine for exactly one month and the picture of the decease clearly showed that he was obese. I am not here to speculate or protect the pharmaceutical companies, however, I urge all of us here to be a little more observant and not take such stories so superficially.
Edited by mjtian, 21 December 2004 - 10:15 AM.