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Did naproxen's cardioprotective effect skew safety data on rofecoxib?


Three case-controlled studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicineshow naproxen sodium has cardioprotective effects that other NSAIDs don't.An accompanying editorial says that no evidence indicates that the COX-2inhibitor rofecoxib increases (or decreases) MI risk. It simply fell victimto being compared with the only NSAID (ie, naproxen) shown to have a cardioprotectivebenefit. (None of these new studies directly compared non-naproxen NSAIDswith COX-2 inhibitors.)

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