A Study to Evaluate the Safety of an Investigational Drug (Etoricoxib) in Patients With Osteoarthritis (OA) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
The study is designed to compare the risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks, strokes) in patients receiving either etoricoxib or diclofenac. It will also compare the gastrointestinal tolerability of the two medicines. The study will be conducted in patients with either rheumatoid or osteo-arthritis.
Drug: MK0663, etoricoxib
Drug: Comparator: Diclofenac sodium
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomized, Double-Blind, Active-Comparator-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Evaluate the Safety of Etoricoxib in Patients With Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis|
- Incidence of Confirmed Thrombotic Cardiovascular Serious Adverse Experiences based on combined data from this trial and MK0663 Protocols 061 & 072 (GI Tolerability in OA Patients and GI Tolerability Study in RA Patients ), respectively.
- Incidence of Confirmed Thrombotic Cardiovascular Serious Adverse Experiences from this trial alone. Gastrointestinal tolerability based on the percentage of patients that discontinue for clinical or laboratory gastrointesinal adverse experiences.
|Study Start Date:||September 2002|