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A short, swift update

Today was a day from hell at work. I'll post more another time if I get the chance.

What started it downhill was, of course, mostly unrelated to work. One of my first emails of the day came from our formulary manager, who forwarded a message from the FDA: "FDA asks Pfizer to remove Bextra (valdecoxib) from the market."

I was worried about this. Bextra is what keeps me functional. I've had a form of arthritis for 15 years now, and Bextra is (I think) the seventh medication I've been on. Things work for a bit, then they don't work so well. Bextra's still working. I have about 2 and a half months left, and then I'll have to try something else. Problem is, everything else is likely to be inferior.

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morganminstrel
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
Well, I heard on the radio on the way home from work that it's official--Bextra has been pulled from the market. So, what are you going to do? It sounds like Celebrex is all that's left--can you use that?

Hope someone at Pfizer or somewhere gets off their duffs and make a new pain reliever that doesn't contribute to heart problems...
bodnej
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Don't hold your breath waiting for new painkilling drugs; all of the Cox-2 inhibitors are likely to cause heart problems:

http://www.corante.com/pipeline/archives/2004/10/07/how_bad_are_the_cox2_inhibitors_anyway.php
(search his site for Vioxx for more info. Derek Lowe has a PhD in organic chemistry and works on new drug development)