"Newer" and "Better" Drugs: Overprescribing Vioxx and Celebrex

It's not at all surprising to read that a new study found doctors were overprescribing Vioxx and Celebrex by the MILLIONS, even to patients who probably never needed to switch to them. What's interesting is how it happened. Low-risk patients accounted for TWO-THIRDS of the growth of Vioxx and Celebrex from 1999-2002. Researchers blame much of the growth of these "Twin Towers" of the COX-2 product line to human nature. Simply put, patients AND doctors tended to believe "newer" drugs...

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