Painkiller Linked to Heart Problems

June 13, 2005

One of the most commonly used painkillers may put patients at an increased risk of heart attack, doctors warned yesterday. Ibuprofen, the anti-inflammatory drug found in millions of medicine cabinets, increased the risk by almost a quarter, according to a study in Britain. New Zealand drugs regulator Medsafe said last night the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee would review the British ibuprofen study at its September meeting.

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