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Pharmacists want full script powers

GPs will have to wait for clarification on their use of cox-2 inhibitors after the European Medicines Agency stalled from giving advice.

The EMEA announced its review of cox-2s in Oct-

ober, following the withdrawal of rofecoxib after a long-

term study showed increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Its expert committee this week requested more analysis of data from two new long-term trials with celecoxib.

One showed an increased risk of heart attack and stroke after taking the drug but the other showed no increased risk.

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