Darvon / Darvocet Injuries
Darvocet and Darvon lawsuits have been filed against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals and a handful of drug makers that, until two months ago, manufactured generic propoxyphene-based painkillers If you or a loved one has suffered cardiac issues while taking Darvon, Darvocet or a generic equivalent, you may be entitled to compensation.
Darvocet Heart Attacks force Darvocet Recall
On November 19, 2010, the FDA asked Newport, Kentucky-based Xanodyne to stop marketing the drug after it was found to alter the electrical activity of the heart, causing what has come to be known as "Darvocet heart attacks", heart arrhythmia, and even sudden death.
Xanodyne complied, and the Darvocet recall was announced. More than half a dozen smaller drugmakers who had manufactured and marketed pure propoxyphene (Darvon) and Darvocet (Darvon combined with acetaminophen) also cooperated with the FDA mandate.
Darvon Recall leads to Darvon Lawsuits
As of early January, there were fewer than ten Darvocet lawsuits filed in US federal courts. That number explodded in the coming months as growing exposure and public awareness created a wave of litigation against a drug that has caused thousands of Darvocet heart attacks and other Darvon heart abnormalities.
Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group that had lobbied for the Darvocet recall and removal from US shelves for more than three decades, estimates the drug's toll at "many thousands" of US deaths. The watchdog says at least 1,000 to 2,000 Americans have died from Darvocet and Darvon heart attacks or similar heart problems since 2005, when the drug was phased out in the UK.
Death from Darvon and Darvocet
Darvon and Darvocet were commonly used by doctors as painkillers. Propoxyphene is very similar to the synthetic narcotic methadone. Since 1978 the FDA has received two requests to withdraw propoxyphene.
It took until 2010 for the drug to finally be recalled when a study revealed that even when taken in appropriate dosage, propoxyphene can cause major alterations to the electrical activity in the heart.
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