FDA Recalls Darvon and Darvocet

Defective Drugs

Last week, the FDA announced a recall of the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet due to substantial evidence that the benefits of these drugs pale in comparison to the dangers they pose to patients. The active ingredient in Darvon and Darvocet is propoxyphene. Darvocet also contains acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. Generic versions of propoxyphene are also being covered under the Darvon and Darvocet recall.

According to U.S. Recall News, Darvon and Darvocet have been linked to potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. This, compounded with the evidence that the drugs are highly addictive and may cause suicidal tendencies, has compelled the FDA to acknowledge that the risks are no longer worth the benefits afforded by the drugs, which have been shown to be marginally more effective than alternatives such as acetaminophen.

The consumer watch group Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA several times since 1978 to recall Darvon and Darvocet. After the FDA failed to respond to the organization’s most recent petition in 2006, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the FDA. As a result, the FDA’s advisory panel launched an investigation into the safety of Darvon and Darvocet. In 2009, the panel recommended a recall the drugs.

Since 1981, there have been 2,110 accidental deaths linked to Darvon and Darvocet. Many of these have been due to heart conditions; however, a substantial number of wrongful deaths were the result of suicides and accidental overdoses as well.

Currently, there are numerous pharmaceutical injury lawsuits being filed against the drug manufacturer. If you have lost a loved one due to their use of these drugs, an experienced Darvon injury lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected.