Vioxx, what is Rofecoxib?

Rofecoxib is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
that
was used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, acute pain
conditions, and dysmenorrhoea. Formerly marketed by Merck
& Co. under the trade names Vioxx, Ceoxx and Ceeoxx, it was
voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004 because of
concerns about increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Rofecoxib was one of the most widely used drugs ever to be
withdrawn from the market. Worldwide, over two million
people were prescribed Vioxx at the time. In the year before
withdrawal, Merck had a sales revenue of US$2.5 billion from
Vioxx.

Rofecoxib was available on prescription as tablets and as an
oral suspension.  
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