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Back in 2000, researchers led by Pharmacia's Stephen Geis reported on the outcome of a randomized, controlled trial of celecoxib, the COX-2 inhibitor better known as Celebrex. After six months of treatment, patients who took celecoxib had lower incidence of ulcers and other toxic effects compared to those who took ibuprofen or diclofenac, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, as letters to JAMA later pointed out, that data appeared to be cherry-picked.

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