Darvocet Pulled off the Market – Why Propoxyphene was Withdrawn

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Darvocet has been pulled off the market – a move that affects nearly 10 million people in the U.S. The painkiller can cause heart rhythms that can be deadly. The FDA has said that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals will stop producing the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet (which includes acetaminophen) due to safety issues.

Darvocet and Darvon Safety Concerns for Decades

Darvocet pulled from the market. FDA takes drug off shelves over health concerns.There have been concerns over the drugs’ safety for decades. Also, the FDA wants generic drugmakers to stop producing drugs that contain propoxyphene, which is the Darvon active ingredient. There are millions of people in the U.S. that have prescriptions for Darvocet, so it is tough to know what they are going to do once they can no longer obtain the painkiller. However, people who are taking the drug are advised to continue taking it until they get a replacement from their doctor.

The U.S. joins Britain and the European Union. All have banned Darvon because of the health concerns which are suicides and accidental overdoses. However, the FDA’s reasoning is that the most current study of Darvon found that the drug interferes with the heart’s electrical activity which is incredibly dangerous and can be fatal.

Darvon has been on the market since the 1950s, and it rather alarming that it has taken nearly 6 decades for the FDA to decide that it is dangerous. How many people were harmed during that long time period? Apparently the drug is linked to several hundred deaths each year – unbelievable!

Thankfully companies are working to make more sophisticated painkillers which are tougher to abuse but still provide relief. Why has it taken so long to pull Darvocet and Darvon products off the market if they are dangerous to health? It seems completely irresponsible, and it makes you wonder about the safety of anything that is available. Is anything truly safe?

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