FDA panelists say new data are not strong enough to conclude naproxen is safer on heart

  • Article by: MATTHEW PERRONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 12:45 PM

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A majority of federal health experts said Tuesday that new research is not strong enough to conclude that naproxen, the pain reliever in Aleve and many other medications, is safer on the heart than rival drugs used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and everyday aches and pains.

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ghutchFeb. 11, 1411:57 AM

Voting is a good way to elect politicians and a lousy way to reach policy decisions for public health. If naproxen is somewhat safer than alternatives then the public needs to know why this is so even if the difference does not reach the required level of confidence for an FDA endorsement.

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