Darvon, Darvocet Prescription Painkiller Drugs Banned by FDA; Linked to Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

Two commonly prescribed painkiller drugs, Darvon and Darvocet, have been banned by the Food and Drug Administration and will no longer be available in the U.S.
The key ingredient in the drugs, propoxyphene, is shown is be linked to serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm irregularities, also known as heart arrhythmias. It is estimated that more than 10 million patients have received propoxyphene in 2009. Darvocet is the combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen, and is considered to be the most commonly prescribed version of the drug.
The drugs are manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals of Newport, Ky. Great Britain and the European Union banned the drug from the market more than a year ago because of similar side effects. The FDA advises physicians to stop prescribing the drug immediately, while patients should continue their regular medications but seek immediate assistance from their doctor for an alternative medication.
If you or a family member has been prescribed any painkiller medication that contains propoxyphene, there is potential for a class action lawsuit. Please contact the Boca Raton law firm of Balkan & Patterson with any questions as the firm is now accepting new clients who have been affected by Darvon and Darvocet.
The law firm of Balkan & Patterson, LLP was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, at 601 S. Federal Highway, Suite 305, with offices in Broward County.  Mr. Patterson can be contacted at (561) 750-9191. Additional information about Balkan & Patterson, LLP may be obtained from the firm’s website at www.balkanpatterson.com.

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