Following the release of new clinical data linking the drug to heart rhythm abnormalities, the FDA has requested a recall of propoxyphene, a prescription pain medication. Xanodyne, the pharmaceutical company which manufactures propoxyphene under the brand name Darvon and Darvocet, has agreed to withdraw the medication.
If you or a loved one has suffered cardiac issues while taking Darvon, Darvocet, or a generic equivalent, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering in light of the Darvocet recall. Contact our Darvon recall lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
The results of a propoxyphene study, which prompted the Darvocet and Darvon recall, indicated that the drug significantly changes the electrical activity of the heart. These changes can be seen on ECGs (electrocardiograms) and may increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, which have been linked to serious adverse events, including death. Other cardiac side effects of Darvon and Darvocet include:
According to available data, even small changes in a patient, such as dehydration, a change in medication, or changes in kidney function, can impact the risk of adverse propoxyphene side effects.
Since 1978, the FDA has received two requests to withdraw propoxyphene from the market; however, it did not request a Darvon and Darvocet recall until November 2010. In July 2009, the FDA placed a boxed warning on the drug, alerting patients and doctors of an overdose risk, and required that new safety studies be conducted to determine the side effects of propoxyphene on the heart. The results of this study revealed that even when taken in appropriate dosages, propoxyphene can cause significant changes to the electrical activity of the heart. After reviewing this information, the FDA decided that the drug’s effectiveness in treating pain no longer outweighed its risks.
Doctors and other healthcare professionals have been advised to stop prescribing Darvon, Darvocet, and generic propoxyphene-containing products. Patients taking any of these medications should speak with their doctors about possibly changing their pain management therapy to avoid experiencing the serious cardiac side effects of Darvocet and Darvon.
If you or a loved one has suffered from abnormal heart rhythms or another cardiac side effect of Darvon, Darvocet or propoxyphene, you may be entitled to compensation. The Darvocet recall lawyers at our firm are offering a free case evaluation to all patients who have experienced heart problems while taking this pain medication. Because of the Darvocet and Darvon recall, you may be able to participate in a defective drug lawsuit if you were injured or lost a loved one due to the cardiac risks of propoxyphene. To find out if you are eligible for a Darvocet recall lawsuit, fill out our free case review form today. Our propoxyphene recall lawyers are offering this online legal consultation at no cost and remain dedicated to protecting those who experienced cardiac problems while taking Darvocet or Darvon.