Produced by Eli Lilly and Company, Darvon (generically dextropropoxyphene) is an opioid pain medication taken by approximately 10 million Americans to treat mild to moderate pain, such as restless leg syndrome (RLS) and fibromyalgia. Darvon has also been sold under the brand name Darvocet and was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1957. Since 1976, Darvon has been available as a controlled substance.
Darvon, Darvocet FDA Warning
While able to subdue the pain associated with a number of conditions, Darvon and Darvocet may cause a number of grave health complications, including acute pancreatitis, heart problems (including serious cases of irregular heartbeat), and severe withdrawal symptoms. Research also indicates that Darvon and Darvocet have a high risk of causing serious side effects when used in conjunction with other medications.
The Public Citizen (a public interest group) petitioned the FDA to recall Darvon in 1978 and again in 2006. In January 2008 the FDA mandated that the maker of this painkiller include a Black Box warning on all Darvon and Darvocet packaging and advertising. Black Box warnings are the last step the FDA takes before issuing a full product recall.
Darvon, Darvocet Painkiller Recall
Nearly two years after issuing the announcement of the Darvocet Black Box Warning, the FDA stated that this pain medication should no longer be sold in the U.S. Unfortunately, many have already been injured as a result of taking Darvon or Darvocet.
According to Public Citizen, at least 2,000 people have died as a result of taking this pain medication. Sadly, the actual number is significantly greater due to the number of unreported Darvon-related deaths. Darvon and Darvocet litigation is focused on aggressively advocating the rights of those who have experienced a serious injury or who have lost a loved one due to the use of Darvon or Darvocet.
Darvon Side Effects Settlement
Darvon and Darvocet settlements compensate injured parties for their pain, suffering, losses, and medical bills. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of taking Darvon or Darvocet, we welcome you to secure the settlement you deserve by attending a complimentary initial consultation.
If you or a loved one have used Darvon or Darvocet and suffered from any side effect including pancreatitis or heart problems, you should contact our dangerous drug attorneys immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.