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Today the FDA announced that the heartburn medications Prilosec and Nexium do not cause heart trouble. The agency says that after investigating a possible connection suggested by a couple of studies they are now satisfied that the extremely popular medications are not responsible for the increased risks suggested by the studies. With recent controversy surrounding other one-time blockbuster medications like Avandia, and with the Vioxx settlement fresh on the mind, this comes as welcomed news to AstraZeneca shareholders who can now breath a collective sigh of relief.

“Based on everything now known at the agency, the reported difference in the frequency of heart attacks and other heart-related problems seen in the earlier analyses of the two small long-term studies does not indicate the presence of a true effect.”

The FDA goes on to say that doctors should continue prescribing these drugs and patients should continue use of these products as directed.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Drugs, Medical Devices, and Implants.

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