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Published: November 19th, 2010
On November 19, 2010, the FDA announced a Darvocet recall, saying that the relatively weak painkiller’s health risks outweighed its limited benefits. The recall came after the FDA determined that side effects of Darvocet were linked to irregular heart rhythms which could sometimes be fatal.
DARVOCET LAWSUIT STATUS: Darvoncet lawyers are reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States who may be entitled to compensation through a Darvocet lawsuit for injuries such as:
- Heart Arrythmia
- Heart Attack
OVERVIEW: Darvocet (generic: propoxyphene with acetaminophen) is a weak, yet addictive, narcotic painkiller that is often prescribed after surgery or to manage pain. It contains a combination of acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in Tylenol, and propoxyphene, which is the active ingredient in Darvon.
DARVOCET RECALL: Darvocet side effects have been linked to thousands of deaths and other serious injuries. According to data from the Federal Drug Abuse Warning Network, deaths linked to the Darvocet, Darvon and generic propoxyphene drugs accounted for over 5% of all drug related deaths between 1987 and 2006.
Although an FDA advisory committee voted to recall Darvocet in early 2009, the FDA did not move to pull the drug until November 2010, when the agency identified the risk of Darvocet heart arrythmias. The FDA then determined that the risk of heart problems from Darvocet, combined with the drug’s ties to suicide, drug addiction and potential overdose, were the final straw in deciding that the drug’s risks outweighed its benefits.
In Great Britain, health authorities required Darvocet to be phased off of the market in 2005. They cited hundreds of deaths associated with the drug, and limited benefits provided when compared to other available pain medications.
The FDA said that the first calls for Darvocet to be recalled went all the way back to 1978. In Feburary 2006, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA urging the U.S. drug regulators to recall Darvocet from the market. They cited thousands of deaths from Darvocet since 1981, the fact that it is highly addictive and that it is no more effective than safer drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
According to Public Citizen, most of the Darvocet deaths occurred because of cardiac depression caused by the drug converting into a metabolite that is highly toxic to the heart. Side effects of Darvocet include interruption of heart transmission of electrical impulses, slowing heartbeats and decreasing ability for the heart to contract properly.
FIND OUT IF YOU MAY HAVE A DARVOCET LAWSUIT: Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by lawyers who are reviewing potential Darvocet lawsuits and Darvon lawsuits throughout the United States. As a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risk of problems with Darvocet and Darvon, individuals may be entitled to financial compensation through a Darvon settlement.