TWO PAIN KILLER ALTERNATIVES WILL GO HEAD-TO-HEAD

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- Supermarkets can expect Merck & Company's new prescription drug Vioxx, a "super-aspirin" alternative to conventional pain killers, to be available at their pharmacy counters later this month.the first in a new class of drugs called COX-2 inhibitors to battle pain and inflammation without the harsh side effects of aspirin and related drugs like ibuprophen, which can cause

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- Supermarkets can expect Merck & Company's new prescription drug Vioxx, a "super-aspirin" alternative to conventional pain killers, to be available at their pharmacy counters later this month.

the first in a new class of drugs called COX-2 inhibitors to battle pain and inflammation without the harsh side effects of aspirin and related drugs like ibuprophen, which can cause deadly internal bleeding.

Merck, which announced Food and Drug Administrat

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