Darvocet Gets Serious Warning From FDA
Following the advice of drug scientists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered drug makers put more serious warnings on painkillers that use propoxyphene and acetaminophen.
Unlike bans in Britain and the European Union, the FDA decided that these fairly weak painkillers were still acceptable options for patients. Consumer watch groups have petitioned for the ban of drugs some of these drugs in the United States, but the FDA claims that the risk of serious personal injury or wrongful death was too small to ban drugs that use acetaminophen.
One of the reasons these potentially dangerous drugs have been banned in other countries is because patients can accidentally overdose on acetaminophen. In order to prevent that from happening as much in the future, the FDA is demanding that drugs like Darvocet and Darvon receive strong warnings about the dangers of the pharmaceutical injuries.
Consumer watch groups say that the active ingredients in painkillers like Darvocet and Darvon stay in the body for up to 30 hours after the pills are taken. Patients are at risk of liver damage because they may try to self-medicate and take more pills than recommended to curb their pain.