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MSD’s new COX-2 inhibitor Arcoxia approved
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 29, 2014 07:55:21
MSD Korea got marketing approval for Arcoxia, its new COX-2 inhibitor, from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on December 24.

Arcoxia, generically known as etoricoxib, belongs to the same family as Vioxx that was withdrawn after safety issues of cardiovascular events were raised. The marketing approval of Arcoxia has been delayed due to the concern that Arcoxia may have the same safety issue as Vioxx.

The concern about adverse reactions of Arcoxia still lingers, but it is known that it was highly effective for relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Industry experts said Arcoxia would face tough competition with Celebrex and later with generic versions of Celebrex. It will take time until Arcoxia is put on the market after price negotiation.
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