Whitehouse Station-based drug company recalls popular anti-inflammatory drug

The Whitehouse Station-based drug company, Merck, recalled a popular anti-inflammatory drug Thursday.

Merck announced it was voluntarily recalling Vioxx. It is prescribed for osteoarthritis, acute adult pain and menstrual pain. Merck officials say while studying the drugs secondary uses as a possible treatment of polyps in the colon, researchers discovered a possible link to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

One doctor says some studies showed the potential for heart attacks was rare but possible. He also says none of his patients taking Vioxx reported problems, but they do not have a history of heart problems.

Patients, who take Vioxx, are being urged to speak with their doctors about switching to another treatment. Merck officials say they will reimburse anyone that has Vioxx tablets at home.

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