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Darvon and Darvocet Recall Prompted by New Study

Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Newport, KY, has recalled its Darvon® and Darvocet® products from the U.S. market. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a recent study indicates that these products can cause serious or fatal heart rhythm abnormalities even when taken in recommended dosages.

For decades, the drug propoxyphene has been used as a mild prescription painkiller and marketed under various brand names including, most recently, Darvon® and Darvocet®. The recall of these products comes after years of speculation that propoxyphene poses a number of health risks and is only minimally effective at reducing pain. Doctors have been advised to switch to Extra Strength Tylenol® or acetaminophen when prescribing a painkiller, and companies that sell off-brand propoxyphene are widely expected to recall the drug in the coming months. Other serious side effects of using propoxyphene include dizziness, drowsiness, addiction, overdose, suicide, and dementia.

If you or a loved one has ever been prescribed the drugs Darvon® or Darvocet®, this recall could result in financial compensation. To learn more, contact the lawyers at Clark & Martino, P.A.