Rheumatoid arthritis

292. The Vioxx Scandal

In 1999, the pharmaceutical company Merck introduced the drug Vioxx (Rofecoxib) to be used as an anti-inflammatory treatment for pain associated with osteoarthritis. It was claimed to be effective and safer than other treatments already available. Subsequently it was found to increase the risks and deaths due to cardiovascular disease and was withdrawn from the …

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