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Friday, February 18, 2005

Army: Terror war needs painkillers

By Randolph E. Schmid

WASHINGTON - An Army physician argued yesterday that some popular pain relievers "are essential to the global war on terrorism" and should be kept on the market despite their potentially dangerous side effects. Without them, he said, the military cannot keep as many soldiers functioning on the battlefield.

Dr. Christopher Grubb told a joint meeting of Food and Drug advisory committees studying the risks of a group of drugs known as Cox-2 inhibitors -- including Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra -- that the military carries Cox-2 drugs into battle. They are needed, he said, because of concerns about excess bleeding that can be caused by more traditional pain relievers like aspirin.


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