Public groups have been critical of a delay by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that stalled a recall of the drugs Darvon and Darvocet, reports say.
Darvon and Darvocet, which are made with the key ingredient propoxyphene, may be linked to heart problems. Critics say the number of patients injured by the delay by the FDA could number in the thousands, reports say. Propoxyphene is a painkiller.
The FDA announced in November of last year that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. had agreed to pull Darvon and Darvocet from the market after a study linked propoxyphene to serious and sometimes fatal heart problems. Millions of Americans took propoxyphene products like Darvon and Darvocet. Propoxyphene has been banned in Europe 18 months ago and in Britain almost six years ago.
An FDA advisory panel even recommended that propoxyphene be banned in the US, but the FDA waited to act until just recently, reports say. Some critics feel the delay added as many as 2,000 people to the list of those who have died from the drug, reports say.
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