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HSS Doctors Available to Comment on FDA's Approval of Celebrex for Spinal Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

New York, NY—August 2, 2005

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Cox-2 inhibitor Celebrex for use in treating a form of arthritis in the spine called ankylosing spondylitis. The disease affects more than 400,000 Americans, typically between the ages of 17 and 35, Pfizer said in a statement. Ankylosing spondylitis can also cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in the shoulders, knees, hips, ribs and feet.

Whether patients are recovering from joint replacement surgery or sports injuries, or suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis or lupus, they are looking to their healthcare practitioners to help them put this data into perspective and help them make the right treatment decisions.

The following Hospital for Special Surgery doctors are available to comment on ankylosing spondylitis and treatments, including options other than Celebrex:

Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP
Associate Attending Physician

Available to discuss: Medication alternatives to COX-2 inhibitors, non-medication approaches to arthritis, the COX-2 selective vs non-selective anti-inflammatory agents.

Joseph A. Markenson, MD
Attending Physician

Available to discuss: Current drug studies involving patients with rheumatic disease (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and lupus), medication alternatives to COX-2s, reasons for withdrawal of Vioxx®, non-medication approaches to arthritis, the COX-2 selective vs non-selective anti-inflammatory agents.

Linda A. Russell, MD
Assistant Attending Physician

Available to discuss: rheumatic disease and orthopedic pharmacology, osteoporosis treatment, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, soft tissue rheumatism

Anne R. Bass, MD
Assistant Attending Physician

Available to discuss: systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, soft tissue rheumatism, lyme disease, vasculitis, inflammatory eye disease

For a discussion of how to reduce the side effects of COX-2 inhibitors - the group of drugs in which Vioxx® and Celebrex® belong - please visit:

For information on the Vioxx® withdrawal and its implications for the management of osteoarthritis for patients, please visit:


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HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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