Originally created 02/11/99

Approved treatment



Pat Tante, of Searle, shows off the company's newest prescription drug for arthritis, Celebrex. It is the first of a new class of drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year.

The drug, which is made in Augusta, eases pain without side effects -- such as stomach irritation -- that other drugs cause.

The company had a party Wednesday to celebrate the drug's production.