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Darvon Darvocet Heart Attacks, Darvon Darvocet Sudden Death
Darvon | Darvocet ( Propoxyphene ) side effects lawsuits are being filed in courts around the country by people who allege the prescription pain killers cause serious and sometimes fatal cardiac side effects. Darvon, Darvocet and generic versions of the drugs pulled from the market in November 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after studies found that normal doses of the popular painkiller could cause serious cardiac side effects when used by healthy individuals.
Thousands have been harmed by the drugs prompting the establishment of an MDL for all federally filed Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits. If you or a loved one took Darvon, Darvocet or a generic version of the prescription painkiller and suffered a serious heart side effect, you may be able to file a Darvon, Darvocet or Propoxyphene lawsuit for compensation for your pain and suffering.
Wright & Schulte LLC continues to offer free lawsuit evaluations to victims of cardiac side effects allegedly associated with the use Darvon, Darvocet and generic versions of Propoxyphene. If you or someone you love suffered a heart attack, heart arrhythmia, or sudden death due to one of these medications, please visit contact Wright & Schulte for free, no obligation Darvon or Darvocet lawsuit evaluation today.
Darvocet and Darvon Lawsuits
In June 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federally filed Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky under District Judge Danny C. Reeves (Darvocet, Darvon and Propoxyphene. Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2226). Richard Schulte, a partner with Wright & Schulte LLC is serving as Co-lead Counsel in the Darvon Darvocet federal multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court in Kentucky. Over 100 lawsuits have now joined the MDL, while many more have been filed in state courts. These product liability lawsuits name Darvon, Darvocet manufacturer Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., as the primary defendants, though Eli Lilly were the original manufacturers.
The Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits allege that the defendants “knowingly or negligently marketed, distributed, and sold defectively designed Propoxyphene Products without adequate warnings.” The complaints allege that the company knew or should have known about the serious and potentially fatal side effects of Darvon and Darvocet. In a lawsuit filed by Wright and Schulte LLC on behalf of the parents of Nicole Kira Gilbert, the family claims that 22-year-old Kira was prescribed Darvocet after she underwent a surgery to repair a torn knee ligament. The Darvocet lawsuit alleges the Kira died eight days later due to acute cardiac failure.
Darvon Darvocet Heart Side Effect Symptoms
New proof of heart side effects, in studies of healthy people taking normal doses of the drug, prompted the FDA to ban the widely used painkiller
Darvon, Darvocet, and other brand/generic drugs containing propoxyphene are widely prescribed painkillers that have been linked to serious heart rhythm abnormalities in studies. New proof of heart side effects, in studies of healthy people taking normal doses of the drug, prompted the FDA to act. The FDA requested the withdrawal of these drugs in November of 2010 and urged doctors to stop prescribing the drugs immediately. But it advised patients to keep taking their medication while consulting quickly with physicians to find an alternative. Pain management experts said the drugs are easily replaceable and doctors should have little difficulty finding alternatives.
Darvon and Darvocet painkiller studies found that when taken as prescribed the drugs caused significant changes to the electrical cardiac activity which increased the risks of heart attack and sudden death. These painkillers have been associated with an increased risk of:
- heart arrhythmia
- heart attacks
- sudden death
Darvon Darvocet Have History of Heart Side Effects
Propoxyphene is an opioid sold alone under the brand name Darvon or as Darvocet when it’s combined with acetaminophen. First approved in 1957 for the U.S. market, the FDA had twice received requests to ban the opioid pain killer before finally doing so in 2010. While the drugs were pulled from the market in Europe in 2009, the FDA concluded at the time that the drugs side effects required a stronger warning label and added a black box warning concerning the risk of fatal overdoses and listed it as a High Risk Medication for the elderly. (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm234350.htm)
When the drugs were banned it was estimated that some 10 million people in the United States were using Darvocet, Darvon, or the generic versions to manage pain. According to Public Citizen, the drugs have caused thousands of death in the U.S. due to cardiac toxicity. Lawsuits have been filed across the country by victims and their loved ones who suffered serious cardiac side effects allegedly due to the prescribed used of Darvon, Darvocet and their generic versions.