Pharmaceutical

Another Darvocet victim files lawsuit against drug company

Another lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the painkiller Darvocet. Deborah M. Miller filed suit against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals in federal court in New Orleans.

Late last year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned all drugs containing the propoxyphene after studies showed the drug put users at an increased risk for life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities. Drugs that contain propoxyphene include the brands Darvocet and Darvon, as well as numerous generic equivalents.

Propoxyphene was approved by the FDA more than 50 years ago and had become one of the most prescribed drugs in the country. It was previously banned in the United Kingdom and other European countries.

Miller’s lawsuit alleges that the drug harmed her and that Xanodyne did not adequately warn users of the serious risks associated with using the drug. She is seeking compensatory damages, medical monitoring, court costs, interest and attorney’s fees.

Because propoxyphene was so widely used, many people may not be aware that their health problems or those of a loved one were caused by propoxyphene. These problems include hospitalizations due to cardiac problems and sudden death.

If you think propoxyphene may have caused injury to you or a loved one, you may have a case against the manufacturer. Beasley Allen attorneys are currently investigating cases.