Big Pharma’s solution for knee pain is a deal with the devil.
Most of the nearly 50 million Americans with painful knees have osteoarthritis. And the drug of choice is celecoxib. It is one of the world’s biggest-selling pain relievers. Its main draw is that it is non-addicting.
But taking a standard dose of celecoxib (Celebrex) triples the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or dying from cardiovascular problems.