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VIAGRA LINKED TO 69 DEATHS, FDA SAYS

The Food and Drug Administration says 69 Americans taking the impotence pill Viagra died from late March through July, with 46 of these cases linked to cardiovascular incidents.

Of the 69 confirmed deaths, the cause of death was unknown for 21 patients, two had strokes, and 46 had cardiovascular events, including 17 cardiac arrests.

The median age among those who died, based on ages provided for 55 of the patients, was 64.

The FDA stressed that by posting the reported deaths, the agency was not signaling a change in its perspective on the drug's safety but would continue to evaluate the need for regulatory action.

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