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Big Pharma earns 77,500-percent return on lobbying investments, at taxpayers’ expense

Until November 2010, an opioid painkiller called Darvocet (Dextropropoxyphene) had been prescribed to millions of people since the 1950s, despite its known risks for overdose and heart arrhythmia. It remained on the market for decades, despite multiple attempts by safety groups to ban it. Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix is aggressively advertised and widely prescribed in the U.S., even though it consistently lands on lists of the most dangerous drugs in the U.S. and receives the FDA strongest possible warnings. DePuy Orthodpaedics manufactures an all-metal hip implant system that scores of patients blame for serious injuries stemming from the device’s early ... Read More

FDA advisor warns ‘do not use’ Yaz, Yasmin

When Dr. Sidney Wolfe was asked in 2009 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to join the agency’s Risk Management Advisory Committee for a 4-year term, the head of the Washington, DC-based watchdog group Public Citizen took the task to heart. He championed the removal of the longstanding painkiller Darvocet/Darvon, calling the drug “extremely dangerous” based on reports of more than 2,000 accidental deaths since 1981. He also pushed for stronger warnings on prescription drugs, including the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia, which has been linked to fatal heart attacks. What he has yet to accomplish is the removal ... Read More

Watchdog group urges FDA to ban transvaginal mesh products

The watchdog group Public Citizen is taking aim at a type of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic floor conditions, arguing that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should ban the devices because they offer no significant benefits and that they expose patients to serious risks and the potential for permanent life-altering harm. Public Citizen is a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that is most recently known for petitioning the FDA to remove the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet based on data that showed the drugs were dangerous to consumers. The drugs were subsequently banned from the U.S. market earlier this ... Read More

Congress calls for tighter controls on narcotic hydrocodone

Members of Congress are asking why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are refusing to put tighter controls on the nation’s second-most abused drug, hydrocodone, a narcotic that has been linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and pharmacy robberies. Hydrocodone is the key ingredient in dozens of FDA-approved medicines including Vicodin and Lortab. It is an opiate narcotic used to relieve moderate to severe pain or to relieve cough. The drug can also be habit-forming and is life-threatening if overdosed. Overdoses of hydrocodone has contributed to the deaths of actors Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, and ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Dangerous diabetes drug following same path as Darvon, Darvocet

Another drug appears to be going down a similar path as the painkiller propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvocet and Darvon, in the annals of banned drugs. Last week, German and French drug regulators banned the type 2 diabetes drug piogliazone (Actos) after reviewing data from a French study that suggested the drug put users at greater risk for bladder cancer. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Japanese drug authorities, opted to gather more data before deciding the fate of the drug. The FDA officially banned the popular prescription ... Read More

Another Darvocet victim files lawsuit against drug company

Another lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the painkiller Darvocet. Deborah M. Miller filed suit against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals in federal court in New Orleans. Late last year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned all drugs containing the propoxyphene after studies showed the drug put users at an increased risk for life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities. Drugs that contain propoxyphene include the brands Darvocet and Darvon, as well as numerous generic equivalents. Propoxyphene was approved by the FDA more than 50 years ago and had become one of the most prescribed drugs in the country. It was previously banned in ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet may have caused more deaths than any other painkiller

Before it was removed from the market late last year, Darvon, Darvocet and other painkillers containing propoxyphene were considered by some professionals as having caused more deaths annually than any other drug. It is listed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as one of the country’s top ten abused drugs, and was banned in the United Kingdom and Europe for years before the United States followed suit. At the time it was pulled from the U.S., an estimated 20 to 40 million prescriptions were written for the drug every year for the past 50 years. The bottom line – propoxyphene-containing ... Read More

Decision to consolidate Darvon, Darvocet lawsuits postponed

A panel of federal judges has decided to hold off on a decision about whether to consolidate all federal Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) until further arguments are heard at a hearing in July. The motion was filed just one month after all drugs containing propoxyphene, including the commonly prescribed Darvon and Darvocet, were pulled from the United States market because studies show the drugs put users at risk for potentially deadly heart rhythm abnormalities. Propoxyphene was approved by the Food and Drug Administration more than 50 years ago for the treatment of mild ... Read More

More lawsuits filed over painkiller Darvocet

More lawsuits are being filed against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals over the newly banned prescription painkiller Darvocet, from plaintiffs who claim they suffered bodily harm after taking the drug. Darvocet, which includes the active ingredient propoxyphene, was pulled from the United States market late last year after new studies showed the drug put users at risk for potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The latest lawsuit was filed by Deborah M. Rogers, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, in federal court in New Orleans. The lawsuit accuses Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals of failing to warn users of the risks and side effects associated ... Read More