The Daily Sandwich

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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Why those pain killers are back on the market

Hoo boy. Business as usual for the admin. But why isn't this bigger news? From the NYT story:

"Ten of the 32 government drug advisers who last week endorsed continued marketing of the huge-selling pain pills Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx have consulted in recent years for the drugs' makers, according to disclosures in medical journals and other public records.

If the 10 advisers had not cast their votes, the committee would have voted 12 to 8 that Bextra should be withdrawn and 14 to 8 that Vioxx should not return to the market. The 10 advisers with company ties voted 9 to 1 to keep Bextra on the market and 9 to 1 for Vioxx's return."

Yes, it's all thanks to the pharmaceutical companies. Have a nice stroke.