An estimated 10 million people have used the painkiller propoxyphene, sold under the brand names Darvon and Darvoset by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, since 1957, when the medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Potentially hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the drug’s side effects, and many may not even be aware that their medical condition was caused by propoxyphene.
Attorneys for Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injuries and deaths caused by propoxyphene, and experts say the case against the pharmaceutical companies who supplied the drugs could grow as big, if not bigger, than the Voixx lawsuits, which resulted in the largest pharmaceutical settlement in history.
Darvon, Darvocet and all drugs containing propoxyphene were banned from the market late last year after new studies showed that the drug put users at risk for abnormal heart rhythms. Since the drug had been widely used for more than 50 years, the number of victims could be staggering. Those victims or their family members could be eligible to receive compensation for their pain, suffering or loss.
Those who would likely have a case against the drug companies are people or their family members who took Darvon, Darvocet or any generic drugs containing propoxyphene and then suffered any type of cardiac disturbance that resulted in hospitalization, stroke, heart attack or even sudden death. These patients or their family members are urged to contact an attorney for consultation.