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In spite of the shakeup at Merck over the dangerous side effects of Vioxx--including the recent resignation of their CEO--there is talk of bringing Vioxx back on the marketplace. Because many people say Vioxx offered relief that other drugs didn't, the FDA's scientific advisers in February of 2005 narrowly voted that Vioxx might be able to come back onto the market under certain conditions, such as restricting its use to patients with severe pain or loading it with strong warnings about the heart risk.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|