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March 27,  2002

SafetyAlerts Registrant Warning: Vioxx Concerns


 (SafetyAlerts) - SafetyAlerts has received a Safety Warning from one of our registrants who feels we should remind all of our registrants about this issue.

Because the issue has been misrepresented by non-official sources, we would like to inform our registrants with the Associated Press news story which clarified the issue. In this way we might put an end to some of the false information that surrounds this issue.

"I briefly caught something on TV this morning about Vioxx and menengitis (sp?). Is this something that your readers needs to be aware of?

My mother is taking Vioxx for arthritis, as well as having the blood cancer Multiple Myeloma.

Thank you,

 AP Clarifies Vioxx Story

CHICAGO (AP) — In a March 24 story about meningitis being a rare potential side effect of Vioxx, The Associated Press reported that the Food and Drug Administration has required Merck to add the disease to the list of possible side effects included on the painkiller's product label and package insert.

The story did not make clear that the information has already been included on the product label and package insert for some time. Merck spokeswoman Chris Fanelle said the company made the change in 2000.


eds. SafetyAlerts recognizes the complexity of the Vioxx issue and urges all of our registrants to inspect the label of their purchased items for warning information.

Source: AP.

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