FDA Approves Generic Version of Painkiller Celebrex

May 30, 2014 10:13 PM

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FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval to the first generic version of the powerful pain reliever Celebrex (celecoxib).

Celecoxib is a member of the cox-2 inhibitor family of painkillers, prescription medicines often used for arthritis and other conditions. The drugs emerged in the early 2000s and included once best-selling pain relievers such as Vioxx and Bextra.

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