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Date released:

10 February 2005

AMA Urges Caution With Use of Arthritis Tablets

AMA Vice President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, today urged

people who are currently taking Celebrex (Celecoxib)

and Mobic/Movalis (Meloxicam) arthritis tablets to have

their prescriptions reviewed by the doctor who is

treating them, following advice from the Therapeutic

Goods Administration (TGA).

Dr Haikerwal said the TGA has reported adverse trial

results of the two drugs, from the family of medicines

know as Cox-2 Inhibitors.

The TGA has advised:

the review of the latest clinical trial information has

shown that Celebrex and Mobic/Movalis caused an

increased risk of clots in the blood vessels of the heart

and of the brain (the cardiovascular system) in people

who took these two drugs in doses higher than the

normal dosage currently recommended in Australia

people who already have a high risk of having

cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes

should see their doctor as soon as possible to discuss

the potential risks.

Dr Haikerwal said the TGA has ordered manufacturers

of these products to include a 'black box warning' on

packaging to alert 'at risk' patients.

"Today's alert emphasises the need for caution when

using any medications.

"The potential harm sometimes may outweigh the

benefits of certain medications," Dr Haikerwal said.

Dr Haikerwal commended the TGA on its review and its

rapid and extensive consultation with the medical

profession and issuing of an alert to the public.

The AMA has advised its 28,000 members of the TGA


Further information is available on the TGA website at

Date released: 10/02/2005

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