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The arthritis drug Vioxx was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer Merck and CO Inc. on September 30, 2004. What was the reason? After many studies to determine its effects, a reoccurance of neoplastic polyps of the large bowel in patients with a history of colorectal adenoma became apparent. The studies revealed that an increased risk of cardiovascular complications could begin only 18 months after beginning to use the drug.

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What should you do if you have been taking Vioxx? Call your doctor immediately to discuss discontinuing the the drug and some possible alternatives. You should also visit www.merck.com and www.vioxx.com for more information.

All dosages and formulations of Vioxx are involved in the recall, and Merck will reimburse patients for their unused Vioxx.

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