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FDA Takes Darvon and Darvocet Off the Market

Posted Nov 19 2010 3:31pm

In addition to Xanodyne there are some generic manufacturers and we certainly don’t have a shortage today of pain medications out there and I can remember oh a long time ago taking a couple of these tablets after having some major dental work image done and I felt like my head was detached and they did not work well for me.  The drug class is a narcotic and is addictive so the DEA can scratch one off their list from the legitimate side.  In Europe, the drug has already been abandoned. 

When you stop and think that this drug came into being in 1957, that was before there was an FDA too but recently studies have shown a cardiac risk with the use is strong too.  Darvocet is the combination drug with using acetaminophen combined.  No more refills and contact your doctor for another kind of pain killer.  BD

WASHINGTON — The maker of Darvon and Darvocet announced Friday that it will stop marketing the widely used painkillers in the U.S. because of a new study linking the active ingredient in the drugs to serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.
Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Newport, Ky., agreed to the ban at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, which also asked makers of generic versions of the drugs' core compound, known as propoxyphene, to stop selling it in the U.S.
The decision to yank propoxyphene brings the U.S. in line with regulatory agencies in Britain and the European Union , which pulled the drug from the market more than a year ago.

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