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FDA asks Pfizer to suspend DTC promotion of Celebrex

ROCKVLLE. MD., December 20, 2004 -- The FDA on December 17 asked Pfizer, Inc. to voluntarily suspend direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising on Celebrex during the time the Agency is obtaining and evaluating the new and conflicting scientific data on adverse events associated with the drug.

FDA also requested that the company change the information provided to physicians to reflect the recommendations FDA made encouraging physicians to consider alternative therapies as they evaluate their individual patient needs.

Pfizer agreed to the broad suspension of its Celebrex promotion and to craft appropriate detailing to physicians that reflects the uncertainty of scientific data currently available.

Source: FDA

Posted: December 2004