Date: May 9, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland,

LUBBOCK – Craig Cox, Pharm.D., assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will discuss the controversy surrounding drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Health Sciences Center, 3601 Fourth St.

The presentation, which is free and open to the community, will take place in the Health Sciences Center Academic Classroom Building, Room 150.

Cox will discuss the current events surrounding the use of Cox-II inhibitors, as well as review alternative therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

“While reviewing this class of medications, we will discuss some potential reasons why they are causing an increased risk of heart problems,” Cox said.

The presentation is part of the “Lecture Series on Healthy Aging,” a program of the Garrison Institute on Aging. Attendees should park in area D2 of the Health Sciences Center parking lot. For more information about the series, contact the Garrison Institute on Aging at (806) 743-3610, or contact Annette Boles at