Pharmaceutical

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against makers of Darvocet

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the newly banned painkiller Darvocet by a woman who claims the drug caused her mother to suffer a fatal heart attack. Peggy Oniate, individually and as a representative of the estate of her mother, Elizabeth Houlihan, filed the suit against Eli Lilly and Co., Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., Vintage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Endo Pharmaceuticals in federal court in New Orleans.

Houlihan reportedly began taking Darvocet or its generic version sometime in 2009 and continued to take the drug until her fatal heart attack in May 2010. The lawsuit claims Houlihan was unaware of the drug’s side effects, otherwise, her family claims, their mother would not have taken the drug.

Darvocet and Darvon contain the drug propoxyphene. In early 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned all drugs containing propoxyphene after studies showed that the medication put users at risk for deadly heart rhythm abnormalities. These cardiac disturbances were causing injuries that led to hospitalizations, additional medications and medical monitoring, and even death.

Oniate, along with Elizabeth Frederick and Andrew Houlihan, Jr., are seeking damages for medical and funeral expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of love, society, and services and interest.

Beasley Allen Law Firm is currently investigating cases where Darvocet, Darvon and their generic equivalents may have caused heart problems.

Source: Louisiana Record