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FDA to Consider If Aleve Can Drop Heart Warning from Its Label

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Food and Drug Administration might soon give a common painkiller the right to drop a heart warning from its label -- a decision that could give it a big advantage over its competitors.

Aleve is advertised as the drug you can take less of, but until now, it and all other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have come with warnings, saying they might hurt your heart.  

Over the next two days, an FDA panel of experts will consider if Aleve should still carry that warning because the drug Naproxen, which is what Aleve really is, may not pose that risk.

If the panel says Aleve can lose the warning label and the FDA goes along, it could be a marketing boost worth billions of dollars.

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