More Evidence of Doctors Over-Prescribing Drugs

Chronic, high-dose consumption of the arthritis pain reliever Vioxx can raise blood pressure and the risk of serious heart problems, according to findings of a recent study. However, many doctors prescribe high doses of the drug to a substantial number of patients. Researchers monitored the number of prescriptions for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, Celebrex and Vioxx, given to participants over age 49 in the study. Of 40,000...

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