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July 2, 2003

Pain Management in Patients With Osteoarthritis—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopaedics, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2003;290(1):36. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.36-c

In Reply: Dr Finucane points out that the safety profiles of celecoxib and standard NSAIDs are roughly comparable at 12 months. It is unclear why gastric ulcerative changes would differ at 6 or 12 months or whether the same can be said for rofcoxib, another COX-2 inhibitor.1 Nonetheless, physicians should consider the drugs' equivalent therapeutic benefits and cost differentials when chosing a specific NSAID for individual patients.