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Merck Statement on COX-2 Inhibitors

Friday 29 April 2005

Alister Brown, managing director of Merck Sharp & Dohme New Zealand (MSD NZ), made the following comments in response to today’s announcement by the Ministry of Health that COX-2 inhibitors will remain available in New Zealand:

“At this time, Medsafe has issued new prescribing advice for selective Cox-2 inhibitor medicines, including ARCOXIA® (etoricoxib).

“We welcome the decision by Medsafe that will allow ARCOXIA to remain as a prescribing option in New Zealand. We are reviewing the actions of Medsafe and look forward to our discussions with the agency with respect to ARCOXIA.

“MSD NZ is continuing studies to further establish the long-term cardiovascular and overall safety profile of ARCOXIA.”

ENDS

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