This information is in a yet-to-be-published study prepared by the FDA, according to David Graham, Associate Director for Science and Medicine at the FDA's Office of Drug Safety.
Since Vioxx was banned from the US Market, Mobic has become the number one prescribed painkiller in its place.
The FDA's Graham, along with other scientists outside the FDA, analyzed data collected from California's Medicaid program covering more than 15,000 heart attack patients, making it the largest study to date on such side effects. It was discerned that the statistical risk of heart attack was 1.37% for Mobic, compared to 1.32% with Vioxx and 1.09% with Celebrex.
Interestingly, even though Mobic is considered a Cox-2 inhibitor in most countries, in the United States it remains classified as a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID). Yet numerous experts say that its chemical structure and physiological nature is very similar to that of the troublesome Cox-2 medications and that it should be classified as one and likewise, banned.
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