The discovery of rofecoxib, [MK 966, VIOXX®, 4-(4′-methylsulfonylphenyl)-3-phenyl-2(5H)-furanone], an orally active cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor
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The development of a COX-2 inhibitor rofecoxib (MK 966, Vioxx) is described. It is essentially equipotent to indomethacin both in vitro and in vivo but without the ulcerogenic side effect due to COX-1 inhibition.
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