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Vioxx Recall Sparks Health Safety Concern, Doctors Say

Sat Nov 20, 2004 09:33 AM ET

By Toni Clarke and Bill Berkrot
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The recent Vioxx withdrawal and testimony from an FDA insider accusing the agency of failing to protect public health are fueling such heightened concern over drug safety that valuable medicines could be kept from patients, doctors said on Friday.

In a congressional hearing to investigate the recall of Merck & Co. Inc.'s arthritis drug Vioxx, a senior Food and Drug Administration safety official on Thursday accused the agency of being "incapable of protecting America."

Reuters Health

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