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Public Citizen raised flags about Darvocet, now warns of Alli, Xenical

Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen was the first to raise concerns about the safety of propoxyphene, the active ingredient in the brand-name drugs Darvocet and Darvon. The group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice since the prescription painkiller was introduced more than 50 years ago. Public Citizen claimed the drug had a sketchy track record for efficacy and that patients were needlessly dying from accidental overdoses while taking the drug. The FDA opted to keep propoxyphene-containing drugs on the market, but did agree to put stronger warnings on the product’s safety label. Still, Public Citizen urged, it was ... Read More

Prescription drug abuse deaths skyrocketing

Prescription drug abuse has escalated in recent years, and one place where it is most evident is in Ohio. According to the Department of Health, fatal overdoses in that state more than quadrupled in the last decade, and by 2007 had surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death. Of further concern is another report that showed nearly 10 percent of all babies born in Scioto County, Ohio, tested positive for drugs. Deaths caused by prescription drug abuse exceed those killed by crack cocaine in the 1980s and heroin in the 1970s, combined. This week, the Obama administration ... Read More

Darvocet still a problem despite FDA ban

Shreveport, Louisiana, police say they have nabbed a man for selling hundreds of prescription pills, including 100 Darvocet he claims to have found near his house. In Tampa, Florida, authorities booked a local woman for trafficking Darvocet and other illicit substances. West Virginia authorities indicted a Clarksburg man on seven counts of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including Darvocet. Police blotters throughout the country are full of reports of people being arrested for buying or selling Darvocet, which was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nearly six months ago. Darvocet, once a top-10-selling pharmaceutical drug, appears to be widely ... Read More

Lawyers investigating heart problems associated with Darvocet, Darvon

Last fall, at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FD), Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals agreed to withdraw its popular prescription painkillers Darvon and Darvocet from the United States market because new clinical data showed that the drugs’ active ingredient propoxyphene put patients at risk of very serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. This new information led the FDA to the conclusion that drug’s effectiveness in reducing pain was no longer enough to outweigh the drug’s serious potential heart risks, and thus, all drugs containing propoxyphene were withdrawn from the market. But on two separate occasions during the 54 years ... Read More

Heart problems linked to popular prescription painkiller

People who have experienced heart problems over the past several years may not be aware that their condition may have been caused by a common prescription painkiller. Propoxyphene, commonly known by the brand names Darvocet and Darvon, was banned in the United States late last year because a new study linked use of the drug to abnormal heart rhythms. The condition can require hospitalizations, and cause heart attacks and death. The drug was approved in the United States more than 50 years ago to treat mild to moderate pain and had become one of the most prescribed painkillers in the country. However, for ... Read More

Swedish doctor says Darvocet litigation may be bigger than Vioxx trials

The most surprising thing about Darvocet is probably that the now-banned painkiller, a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen, stayed on the market for decades even while consumer groups and health advocates warned about its serious health risks. When Darvocet first appeared on the market in the 1950s, it quickly became one the most-prescribed drugs in the United States, and when such a widely used drug is also one of the most dangerous drugs on the market, the extent of the damage done to public health is staggering. Swedish doctor Ulf Jonasson and his wife, Dr. Birgitta Jonasson, who have spent ... Read More

Swedish doctors say Darvocet and Darvon are the worst prescription drugs ever

Drs. Ulf Jonasson and his wife Birgitta, both Swedish researchers who have studied propoxyphene-based drugs since 1993, say that no other prescription drugs come close to matching the dangers of these once-popular painkillers, which for years ranked among the top selling pharmaceutical drugs in the U.S. and other countries. “We think drugs containing propxyphene are the worst drugs ever, among prescribed drugs,” Dr. Ulf Jonasson said in a statement to the public. “No single drug in history has caused so many deaths as these drugs have done during the last 50 years.” The Swedish doctors have written and published eight ... Read More

Rx drug overdose second leading cause of accidental death

For Alexandra Rain, pain is constant. The 53-year-old woman’s spine and legs were crushed in an automobile accident nearly 35 years ago, and she needs strong prescription painkillers just to make it through the day. Yet the drugs meant to improve her quality of life have left her on the verge of overdose on more than one occasion. “You lose track of what you’re taking because a lot of the time I was advised to ‘take as needed,’” Rain told ABC News. On several occasions she inadvertently OD’d and on one occasion stopped breathing altogether. Rain is not alone. A ... Read More

Lawsuits against Darvon/Darvocet climb as more victims come forward

Attorneys are currently investigating cases of life threatening health problems caused by the popular painkillers Darvon and Darvocet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled the drugs from the market late last year after studies linked use of the drugs to abnormal heart rhythms that in some cases resulted in sudden death. Darvon, which has the active ingredient propoxyphene, was approved for the treatment of mild to moderate pain in 1957. Shortly afterward propoxyphene was combined with acetaminophen under the brand name Darvocet, and marketed for similar use. When the patent for propoxyphen expired, generic versions of Darvon and Darvocet ... Read More

MDL hearings for Darvocet lawsuits start this week in San Diego

Every week, more and more former Darvocet patients discover the heart problems they suffer from resemble those linked to the once-popular painkiller; and every week, the number of lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers continues to climb. But whether all those and future cases will be tried separately or heard together as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) is what a panel of federal judges will decide today in San Diego. Plaintiffs first requested the consolidation in December, when just four cases were pending in various federal district courts throughout the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a ... Read More