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Doctor calls propoxyphene ‘worst drug in history’

“Propoxyphene is the worst drug in history,” says Ulf Jonasson, doctor of public health from the Nordic School in Gothenburg, Sweden. “No drug has ever caused so many deaths.” Dr. Jonasson was one of the driving forces behind a campaign to pull propoxyphene-containing drugs from the United Kingdom, Sweeden and the entire European Union. Propoxyphene-containing drugs include the brands Darvon and Darvocet and had been marketed for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. Since its initial approval more than 50 years ago, propoxyphene had become one of the most prescribed painkillers in the world. But reports of serious problems associated ... Read More

Hong Kong bans propoxyphene drugs, Darvon and Darvocet

Hong Kong has joined the United States and other nations in banning all prescription painkillers containing propoxyphene. The medication is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain and has been widely used around the world for about 50 years. Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to pull the medication from the U.S. market because new studies showed that propoxyphene increased the risk of heart rhythm abnormalities, some of which were fatal. Propoxyphene is known in the U.S. by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet. Currently, there are 21 pharmaceutical products that contain propoxyphene ... Read More

Who is responsible for deaths, injuries caused by Darvocet, Darvon?

Who is responsible for the deaths and serious injuries caused by propoxyphene-containing drugs, such as Darvon and Darvocet? Most people might assume that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which approves and regulates food and drug products in the United States, should be held accountable for products it approves that turn out to cause more harm than good. Yet, the government agency cannot be sued. So who is responsible? Product liability lawyers say that drug companies bear the ultimate burden of making sure their medications are not only effective, but safe for consumers. Drug companies are fully aware of the ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet could could follow same rocky road as Fen-Phen

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banning of propoxyphene-containing drugs such as Darvon and Darvocet could be one of the biggest drug stories of 2011, eclipsing the banning of the heavily marketed diet drug Fen-Phen, which was pulled from the market in the 1990s because it caused serious health problems. Because Darvon and Darvocet have been around for more than 50 years and had become one of the most prescribed painkillers in America, attorneys say lawsuits against propoxyphene-containing drugs could climb well into the thousands. If Fen-Phen is any indication of the post-ban road Darvocet and Darvon will follow, Xanodyne, ... Read More

Lawsuits mount against maker of Darvon, Darvocet

Drug maker Xanodyne could be facing billions of dollars in product liability and negligence lawsuits from its longtime painkiller propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvocet and Darvon, because of serious side effects that range from heart rhythm abnormalities, overdose and sudden death. More than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. are blamed on the treatment for mild to moderate pain. Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled to pull propoxyphene-containing drugs from the market because data showed the medication put users at greater risk of deadly heart rhythm abnormalities. Propoxyphene was approved by the FDA more than ... Read More

Electronic system helps doctors notify patients about drug warnings

The Obama administration is pushing medical offices and hospitals to move toward an electronic medical records system in an effort to curb increased health care spending by preventing duplicate tests, streamlining medical care. Physicians have an added incentive to go paperless with financial incentives that begin this year through the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. But for doctors who have gotten a head start on the process, the electronic system for medical records showed its strength late last year, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled from the market drugs containing propoxyphene, one of the most prescribed ... Read More

Oklahoma teacher suspects Darvocet caused two debilitating strokes

A report published today by The Oklahoman describes one woman’s suspicions that the painkiller Darvocet caused her physical harm not just once but twice. According to the report, the 61-year-old Oklahoma resident and former school teacher was involved in a car crash in 1996. Four or five days after the accident, her doctor prescribed Darvocet to help with her pain and discomfort. The woman suffered a major stroke shortly after she began taking the medicine and lost her ability to speak. She also developed high blood pressure and lapses in her memory. Rehabilitation taught her how to speak again, but ... Read More

What do Darvocet, Darvon users do now that their meds are banned?

Finding a medication that works isn’t always easy. So when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines that the drug’s risks outweigh its benefits and votes to pull the drug off the market, it can put some people in a bind. Late last year, the FDA banned from the market drugs containing propoxyphene, such as Darvocet and Darvon, after studies linked the popular painkillers to heart rhythm abnormalities, some of which have been deadly. Propoxyphene was approved by the federal agency more than 50 years ago and had become one of the most prescribed medications for the treatment of mild ... Read More

Other painkillers may be just as dangerous as Darvon, Darvocet

The painkillers codeine and oxycodone may be just as dangerous as Darvon and Darvocet, according to a study published in the December 2010 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Darvon and Darvocet, known by the generic propoxyphene, were removed from the market by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just weeks before the study was published because data showed the drug put users at an increased risk for potentially serious, even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The new study propensity-matched more than 6,000 elderly patients in five different groups that were divided among types of opioids administered. Opioids are a type ... Read More

2010 an up-and-down year for arthritis sufferers

The year 2010 has been a roller coaster ride of sorts for patients who suffer from arthritis. The year kicked off with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, and ended with the FDA ordering the removal of another popular arthritis treatment. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which causes pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. About 50 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with at least one form of the disease. The risk of developing arthritis increases as you grow older however, an estimated 294,000 children under the ... Read More