Another COX-II inhibitor bites the dust 0

Patients of Osteoarthritis who have been taking the drug Lumiracoxib (Prexige, from Novartis Pharma) woke up to a rude shock as the drug has been withdrawn from the UK markets by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Lumiracoxib belongs to a class of painkillers called as COX-II inhibitors. Recently Vioxx, another COX-II inhibitor, was withdrawn from the markets because of its potential to increase the incidence of strokes and heart attacks. Merck Sharp Dome was asked to cough up 4.8 billion USD as compensations to users.