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Nebraska senator pushes bill to quell abuse of prescription painkillers

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – In 2003, Carrie Howard was in a serious auto accident and was given the powerful painkiller Darvocet to manager her pain. Like many people who used the drug, she became dependent, seeking out new doctors and even dentists to write her more prescriptions for Darvocet. What Carrie and so many people like her never knew is that Darvocet , as well as other drugs containing the active ingredient propoxyphene, had been heavily criticized over the years because of its high dependency and overdose risks. At the young age of 33, Carrie became one of hundreds of people ... Read More

Doctor warns muscle relaxer Soma may be as dangerous as banned Darvocet

Why did it take so long for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pull Darvocet from the market? Especially when, on several occasions, FDA advisory committees recommended to the FDA that propoxyphene-containing drugs, like Darvocet or Darvon, should be removed from the market because of safety and dependency concerns? “It perplexed a number of us for many years that individuals were prescribed propoxyphene-containing products when these drugs didn’t appear to provide any greater pain relief than more simple approaches,” says Dr. Charles Argoff, Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany ... Read More

Mixing banned Darvocet with beer lands woman in jail

A dangerous combination of the now-banned drug Darvocet, pseudoephedrine and beer drove one woman make a scene in a public parking lot, wrestle with police officers, and end up in jail, adding more fuel to the firestorm surrounding the safety of the popular prescription painkiller Darvocet. Darvocet contains propoxyphene, a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 50 years ago for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. The drug’s safety has come into question over the years because users can easily overdose on the drug without realizing it. It is especially potent when combined with ... Read More

Ohio couple sues, claiming Darvocet killed their 22-year-old daughter

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a report about a local family devastated by the popular painkiller Darvocet. The experience of Tammy and John Gilbert and their 22-year-old daughter Kira Nicole is a poignant example of real lives wrecked by a pharmaceutical giant that prioritized profit over public safety and a federal regulatory agency that turned its back on the dangers of propoxyphene drugs for more than 30 years. Kira Nicole “Nikky” Gilbert received a prescription for Darvocet after suffering a knee injury in 2009. Like millions of other patients in the United States, Nikky took Darvocet to help her cope ... Read More

Darvocet, Darvon lawsuits may be consolidated in one court

Petitions have been filed in several pending cases filed in federal court against Xanodyne, makers of the prescription painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, to consolidate the lawsuits in a single federal court. The drugs contain the active ingredient propoxyphene. In November 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed drugs containing propoxyphene unsafe and banned them from the U.S. market. Reports had linked the medication to an increased risk for potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The drug had previously been under fire for causing unintentional overdose. Several other countries had already banned the drug before the FDA followed suit. Plaintiffs claim ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet users have safer, more effective alternatives

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned drugs containing propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, the drug had become one of the most prescribed painkillers in the country. Patients may be surprised by the sudden discontinuation, but both the safety and efficacy of propoxyphene had put the drug in the hot seat for years. It was data from a study on the effects of propoxyphene on the heart that led the FDA to remove the drug from the U.S. market. The study showed that drugs containing propoxyphene put users at greater risk of developing potentially fatal ... Read More

1986 study questions link between propoxyphene and type of cancer

Thirty-five years before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to pull the painkiller propoxyphene from the market because of serious health risks, researchers were already questioning the harm the drug could do. Known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, propoxyphene-containing drugs were already targeted years ago for unusually high incidences of dangerous and often fatal overdoses. It was data from a new study that showed the drugs also put users at risk for potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities that led the FDA to ban the drug in the United States, a move that was preceded by numerous European ... Read More

Problems with propoxyphene stem from the drug’s ineffectiveness

After more than 50 years on the market, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned drugs containing propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, because studies showed the painkillers put users at risk for potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. But it was the drug’s potential for overdose that lead other nations to pull the drug years ago. That, some say, should have been ample warning for the FDA, but the federal agency needed more proof. The problem with propoxyphene drugs stems from the ineffectiveness of the drug itself, according to Jim Parker, author of Darvon, Darvocet and Other ... Read More

Darvocet manufacturer touts new FDA-approved painkiller Zipsor

The Food and Drug Administration’s ban of Darvocet, Darvon, and other propoxyphene-based drugs from the market last November undoubtedly deals the manufacturer, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals,  quite a blow, for the pain killer was one of the top-25 most prescribed drugs in the United States, going out to 10 million Americans on average every year. But as the FDA ordered Xanodyne to study Darvocet’s effects on the hearts of healthy patients, and as more and more countries began removing Darvocetand similar drugs from the market, Xandoyne was developing new painkillers that may potentially find a seat on Darvocet’s vacant throne. On its ... Read More

Tennessee widow alleges Darvocet took her husband’s life

The widow of a Tennessee man who died from sudden heart problems while taking the prescription drug Darvocet is now suing the maker, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, for his alleged wrongful death. According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, the victim died suddenly last November 2, just days before the Food and Drug Administration banned the drug on November 19. Xanodyne had been manufacturing and marketing Darvocet for more than 50 years before it was finally banned. The victim in this case started taking Darvocet to manage his pain about three months prior to ... Read More