Darvon and Darvocet Legal Cases Stand to be Bigger Than Vioxx States Swedish Doctor of Public Health-Drug That Poisons and Kills
Posted Feb 07 2011 12:59am
The doctor and his wife are both researchers and have written and published 8 scientific articles about PROPOXYPHENE since 1993. He feels that the drug has killed more people than any other drug in history. The drug was invented by Eli Lilly in 1953. Darvon is an opiate and in the same family as morphine and heroin. He also states that coroners do not test for propoxyphene in the US so numbers can not totally be accounted for, they do test in Sweden. The difference is the law. In November of 2010 Darvon and Darvocet was removed from the market.
He also states that Eli Lilly sold the rights to make the drug to smaller pharmaceutical companies who he feels were not aware of his studies. Lilly has been aware of the doctor’s research since 1999. In Sweden the drug has been restricted and he claims that 500-600 lives have been saved as a result. I found too back in 2008 I had also covered the news on Darvocet.
Research has shown that Darvocet (and its first cousin Darvon) is no more effective than acetaminophen, and thus the doctor is predicting that the legal cases for Eli Lilly and other drug companies who made the product may be larger than Vioxx. BD
Stockholm, Sweden: When Ulf Jonasson, Doctor of Public Health visited the US from Sweden in 2003 and again in 2004, he met with doctors at Public Citizen ; doctors who had received studies by Dr. Jonasson and his partner, Birgitta Jonasson, PhD, and were calling for a ban on Darvon (Dextropropoxyphene) , made by Eli Lilly. "We have researched Darvon side effects since 1993, and Public Citizen has worked hard to ban the drug before that," says Ulf Jonasson in a phone interview. "There could have been hundreds of thousands of deaths due to Darvon and Darvocet over the past 50 years."
Jonasson is referring to the difference between the laws governing medical examiners and coroners. In Sweden, there is one legal system on the federal level, which dictates that every autopsy must be screened for legal drugs—including Darvon. In the US medical examiners and coroners are under county law—performing blood tests with an autopsy is rarely done because it is cost-prohibitive. "This is why Sweden has data that show Darvon is the worst drug ever, which is documented at the International Narcotic Control in Vienna," says Jonasson. "We studied 1,600 people who died with Darvon in their blood. To put it into a nutshell, Darvon affects your heart muscles and you forget to breathe, so people die," Jonasson explains. "Our research was behind the decision in Sweden, the UK, and The European Union (EU) to stop the drug but it took a lot longer in the US."