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Published: November 19th, 2010
Darvon is the brand name for propoxyphene, a relatively weak painkiller that has been on the market for decades. On November 19, 2010, the FDA announced a Darvon recall after determining that the risk of Darvon side effects outweigh its health benefits. The recall came after the FDA analyzed data linking Darvon to potentially fatal irregular heart rhythms, a condition known as heart arryhthmia.
DARVON LAWSUIT STATUS: Darvon lawyers are reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States who may be entitled to compensation through a Darvon lawsuit for injuries such as:
- Heart Arrythmia
- Heart Attack
OVERVIEW: Darvon (generic: propoxyphene) is often prescribed to manage post-surgical pain. It may also be prescribed together with acetaminophen, or as the brand name drug Darvocet, which contains both propoxyphene and acetaminophen.
It was one of the most widely prescribed generic medications, with approximately 22 million prescriptions for propoxyphene in 2007.
DARVON RECALL: Side effects of Darvon have been linked to thousands of deaths and other serious injuries. According to data from the Federal Drug Abuse Warning Network, Darvon deaths linked to propoxyphene accounted for over 5% of all drug related deaths between 1987 and 2006.
Although an FDA advisory committee voted to recall Darvon in early 2009, the FDA did not move to pull the drug until November 2010, after the agency identified the potential risk of Darvon heart arrythmias. The FDA determined that the risk of heart problems from Darvon, combined with the risk of overdose and suicide from Darvon, justified removing the medication from the market.
The first calls for Darvon to be recalled were made in 1978. In Feburary 2006, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA urging the U.S. drug regulators to remove Darvocet from the market. They cited thousands of Darvon deaths since 1981, the fact that it is highly addictive and that it is no more effective than safer drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
FIND OUT IF YOU MAY HAVE A DARVON LAWSUIT: Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by lawyers who are reviewing potential Darvocet and Darvon lawsuits throughout the United States. As a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risk of problems with Darvon and Darvocet, individuals may be entitled to financial compensation through a Darvon settlement.