Side effects may include overpayment.Our first target should be prescription drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, commercials. These were banned until a few years ago, but have rapidly proliferated. In 2003, Pfizer spent $87.6 million on marketing Celebrex Cel·e·brex
A trademark for the drug celecoxib.
Pharmacologic class: Nonsteroidal cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
, and Merck spent $79.2 million on Vioxx Vi·oxx
A trademark for the drug rofecoxib.
Vioxx® Rofecoxib Pain management A COX-2 inhibitor used to manage osteoarthritic pain, acute pain in adults, primary dysmenorrhea.
See COX-2 inhibitor. . Since these drugs have been found to significantly increase the risk of heart disease, the harm they do is clear. A study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine The Archives of Internal Medicine is a bi-monthly international peer-reviewed professional medical journal published by the American Medical Association. Archives of Internal Medicine shows that the good these drugs do could be effectively accomplished by much cheaper over-the-counter products in the case of at least 73 percent of patients.