Bayer raps GI study

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A press release from Bayer Corp., Parsippany, N.J., took aim at a study on gastrointestinal bleeding being presented at a American College of Gastroenterology meeting in New York, saying it was sponsored by a competitor and unfairly cites aspirin and other OTC anti-inflammatory remedies. The survey "is funded by McNeil Consumer Products, the makers of Tylenol," Bayer said. "McNeil's attempt to make an issue over aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs gastrointestinal side effects is a tactic to deflect attention from the questionable safety of acetaminophen--the key ingredient in Tylenol." And the Aspirin Foundation of America said the study "inappropriately misconstrues the safety record of aspirin."

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