Health Watch -- A Better Generic?
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The drug etodolac (eh- toe- DOE- lak) is in the same class of drugs as Celebrex and is prescribed as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory for patients with arthritis. Patients taking etodolac had a 60 percent lower rate of gastrointestinal complications like ulcers or bleeding, compared to patients who took a brand-name drug. Doctors haven't noted heart complications with this drug, either.
Using this generic drug could save the VA health-care system more than $40 million a year, and similar savings would be likely for other health-care systems.
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