According to national statistics, there is an estimated 10 million people who currently take Darvocet and other propoxyphene painkiller drugs. The medical community stated that patients or users of Darvon or Darvocet should NOT immediately stop taking the drugs, as there is danger linked to severe withdrawal symptoms. Recently, the 
FDA stated in a press release relating to its Darvon & Darvocet Ban: "Don't delay," warns Gerald Dal Pan, MD, MHS, director of the FDA's office of surveillance and epidemiology.
 The FDA action comes nearly six years after the drug was already banned in the U.K., and nearly a year and a half after the European drug agency banned it. In 1978 and again in 2006, however, the public interest group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to ban the drug. The petition of 2006 caused the FDA to take the matter to an expert advisory committee, which voted 14-12 to ban the drug in July 2009. And, former patients who used Darvon or Darvocet, and suffered injuries or serious side effects, are currently seeking experienced injury lawyers to file their lawsuits and represent their claims in the pending class action.

The FDA asked Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., Darvon and Darvocet maker, to conduct its own studies of the drug's effects on the heart. Ultimately, the results of those studies led to the FDA ban. At a recent news conference, 
John Jenkins, MD, director of the FDA's office of new drugs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, mentioned that the Darvocet drug or Darvon medication puts patients at risk of abnormal or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities, combined with prior safety data, which altered our risk assessment. Jenkins says although it's impossible to know exactly how many deaths are linked to propoxyphene, an FDA study shows that more deaths are linked to the drug than to either of two alternative opioid painkillers, such as tramadol and hydrocodone.
 Dal Pan says that people who have taken Darvocet, Darvon, or other propoxyphene drugs, for a long time are not at increased risk of heart problems, that is, he assures that long-term users of the painkillers should not worry as the heart effects are not cumulative. According to Sal Pan, "Once people stop using propoxyphene, the side effects should go away."
 More information about the propoxyphene ban is available on the FDA web site:

Coincidentally, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Darvon and Darvocet, is headquartered in  Newport, Kentucky. If you or a loved one may have suffered injuries or losses due to the use of prescription medication drugs referred to as Darvon or Darvocet, or generic drugs that have propoxyphene, then you should contact our team of experienced dangerous and defective product, including prescription drugs and medical injury, class action lawyers immediately for legal help with your Darvocet or Darvon related questions or claims.

Gray and White Law has helped many Kentucky families whose loved ones suffered injuries as a result of recalled prescription drugs or other defective products or medication drugs. For decades, we have been Kentucky's class action attorneys who successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of clients and members of class action lawsuits, locally in Louisville, Kentucky, and nationwide. We are Kentucky Darvocet lawyers who are ready to learn about your Darvon or Darvocet experience, side effects, injuries, and/or claims, and eager to address any questions or concerns you have. Simply take a moment to contact us for your free legal consultation (24/7) either by confidential e-mail or toll-free call at 1-888-450-4456.
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