Risk of gastrointestinal effects with COX-2 inhibitors and NSAIDs: Why were patients at major risk excluded?

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1474-a (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1474
  1. Luca Puccetti, president (lucpucce@promedgalileo.org)
  1. Promed Galileo Medical Association, Pisa 56011, Italy

    EDITOR—One of the strongest risk factors for gastrointestinal toxicity induced by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is known to be previous events. Hippisley-Cox et al excluded patients who had already had a diagnosis of an adverse upper gastrointestinal event before the study period.1 This removes patients at high risk from …

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