Panel recommends against painkiller

From Times Wire Reports

A painkiller proposed as a successor to Vioxx should not be approved, a panel of federal health advisors recommended to the FDA. The nonbinding 20-1 vote was on the prescription drug Arcoxia, made by Merck & Co. Inc.

A Food and Drug Administration drug safety expert had told the panel the drug might substantially increase the risk of stroke and heart attack and was no more effective for pain relief than other medicines in the same class.

Three members of the advisory panel who had previously disclosed financial ties to Merck or its competitors were among those who voted against approval.