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Lawsuits against Darvon, Darvocet makers expected to climb

So far, few lawsuits have been filed against the makers of the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, but that number is expected to climb over the next few months. The drugs, which contain the ingredient propoxyphene, as well as generic equivalents, were banned late last year because new clinical studies showed the drugs were putting users at greater risk for abnormal heart rhythms. These cardiac disturbances required hospitalizations, and some patients suffered heart attacks, strokes and even sudden cardiac death. When clients contact law firms, such as Beasley Allen, a firm that is handling several of these cases, the cases are ... Read More

Some similarities between Darvocet, Darvon and Vioxx lawsuits

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned Darvon and Darvocet as well as other drugs containing propoxyphene from the market lat last year because studies showed the treatment for mild to moderate pain was causing an increased risk of heart rhythm abnormalities. These cardiac disturbances were causing patients to be hospitalized. Some suffered heart attacks, strokes and sudden death. Victims and their families are only just beginning to learn how dangerous Darvon and Darvocet really are, and the fight for justice that lies ahead. The Darvon and Darvocet withdrawal brings to mind another banned drug, Merck & Co.’s Vioxx, which ... Read More

Cardiac injuries prompt three Louisianans to file Darvocet lawsuits

Three Louisiana residents are taking Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., the maker of Darvocet, to court along with a number of other manufacturers of generic Darvocet equivalents over injuries the plaintiffs allege they received by taking the drug. Darvocet, Darvon, and other propoxyphene-based painkillers were removed from the market last November when FDA-ordered studies confirmed the drugs’ risks outweighed their benefits. The Louisiana lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 4. All three of the suits allege that Darvocet caused the plaintiffs to develop life-threatening heart conditions. One of the lawsuits claims that the ... Read More

Mother says Darvocet led to son’s prescription drug addiction

Susan says Darvocet was the gateway drug that led her 19-year-old son to a near-fatal prescription drug addiction. The doctor had prescribed the prescription pill for mild to moderate pain control after he sustained a football injury. When his prescription ran out, he sought out the drug from other sources, including classmates. Susan had no idea he had become addicted to the drug until he started showing signs of addiction – weight loss, excessive sleeping, and lax hygiene. He even started stealing to maintain his habit. By the time Susan intervened, her son had become suicidal. She admitted him to ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet also increase risk for birth defects

The newly banned drugs Darvon and Darvocet are among a type of drug that puts the unborn babies of women who use the drugs just before or during pregnancy at risk for birth defects, in particular heart defects, according to an ongoing, population-based study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The study focused on use of opioids, or potent prescription painkillers that include propoxyphene (Darvon and Darcocet), oxycodone, morphine, tramadol, methadone, and fentanyl. Researchers looked at opioid exposure in mothers from three months before conception through the end of pregnancy. They found that women who received opioid treatment ... Read More

Propoxyphene more deadly than tramadol, hydrocodone

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a closer look at the widely prescribed painkiller propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, they discovered just how deadly the drug was. Sure, it had been targeted by citizen groups who wanted the drug removed from the market years ago because of its high dependency and overdose risk. Overdoses of propoxyphene can be lethal, and combining the medication with other drugs or alcohol can have deadly results. These findings resulted in an FDA warning about the potential for overdose associated with the drug. The elderly and patients with impaired ... Read More

Could Charlie Sheen have tricked the drug tests?

Last week Charlie Sheen took blood and urine tests to prove his bizarre behavior was not caused by drug use and abuse. If anything, it left the public scratching their heads in disbelief. Could Charlie really be crazy, or did he somehow fake those tests? The blood test conducted on Sheen looked for traces legal prescription and illegal drugs that included amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, propoxyphene (the generic name for the newly banned drugs Darvon and Darvocet) and ethyl alcohol. The urine sample searched for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine and ... Read More

Propoxyphene causes many serious health problems

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned the popular prescription painkiller propoxyphene, which includes brands such as Darvon and Darvocet, after studies showed the central nervous system depressant increased users’ risk of life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities. Abnormal heart rhythms are different from heart attacks, where blood flow to part of the heart may be slowed or stopped. These abnormalities may cause cardiac arrest, which is sometimes called sudden cardiac death. During such an event, the heart stops beating and the victim may die within minutes. Other problems associated with abnormal heart rhythms include arrhythmia, which is any abnormal heart ... Read More

Charlie Sheen’s bizarre behavior reportedly not caused by drugs

Charlie Sheen’s bizarre behavior is apparently not caused by drugs. The former Two and a Half Men star said he allowed Radar Online to personally test him for a laundry list of drugs last weekend. Radar Online, a court-certified toxicology laboratory, tested both a blood and urine sample, and both reportedly came back clean. Which leaves many people worried that the actor’s antics may be caused by mental problems rather than drug-related ones. The blood test conducted on Sheen looked for traces legal prescription and illegal drugs that included amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, propoxyphene and ... Read More

Darvocet multidistrict litigation hearings start this month

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigations has scheduled a hearing in San Diego, California on March 30 to determine whether all lawsuits filed in federal court against the makers of Darvocet and Darvon should be consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration effectively banned the popular painkillers Darvocet, Darvon, and all generic propoxyphene drugs on November 19, 2010, after clinical studies showed the drugs’ risks far outweighed their benefit. The studies showed that the drugs could diminish kidney function and interrupt the electrical activity of the heart, causing serious ... Read More