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CBC News – Canada

Canadian and British researchers are calling for the anti-inflammatory diclofenac to be pulled from the market worldwide because of its heart risks.

Diclofenac is sold under a variety of brand names including Voltaren and is widely used for pain such as headaches, toothaches andarthritis. The pills are available with a prescription in Canada and over-the-counter elsewhere in the world.

Writing in Tuesday’s issue of the journal PLOS Medicine, published by the Public Library of Science, Dr. David Henry of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto ranked the cardiovascular risks and sales of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs, in 15 countries including Canada, Australia, China, Pakistan and Vietnam.

“This is a drug that has about the same risk of causing heart attacks as a drug called Vioxx, which was withdrawn from the market eight years ago because of this adverse effect,” Henry, who is…

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