Vioxx (rofecoxib) for osteoarthritis and acute pain

Merck is starting to promote Vioxx (rofecoxib) for osteoarthritis and acute pain.

It's a new COX-2 inhibitor...similar to Celebrex (celecoxib).

Vioxx and Celebrex are comparable to NSAIDs for reducing pain and inflammation...but the new drugs MIGHT cause fewer ulcers.

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