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FDA Panel Urges Caution on Many Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

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Science  25 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5713, pp. 1183-1185
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5713.1183a

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GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND-- At a 3-day meeting last week to hash out how a class of painkillers might trigger heart attacks and strokes, new puzzles emerged, even as two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committees agreed that use of the drugs be allowed but sharply curtailed.