Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Vioxx: Heart Attacks May Occur after 2 Weeks' Usage

from a Candada study:

A little more than 25% of 240 patients who suffered MI's while on Vioxx had the adverse event within a week to thireetn days after first ingestnig the drug according to a study published online today by the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The research was based on an analysis of thousands of health records in Quebec. You can find the PDF of the article by going here.

From a quote on

``For first-time users you can have an event in as little as two weeks,'' said Linda Levesque, assistant professor of epidemiology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the study's lead researcher, in a telephone interview today. ``Now we have evidence that early risk is possible.''