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Critics Say Delay in Darvon and Darvocet Recall May Have Hurt or Killed Patients

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.

For those who just recently heard this news, there is help. If you have been involved in a drug-related accident with either of these two drugs, the offices of Attorney Jimmy Doan can help. With lengthy experience in personal injury cases, The Doan Law Firm P.C., can provide answers for some of the toughest questions of pharmaceutical-related injury and death. Contact the Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, at 1 Riverway, Suite 2055, Houston, Texas 77056, (713) 869-4747 or (800) 910-FIRM.


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