A popular painkiller is being taken off the market because it could cause dangerous heart rhythms, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Xanodyne, the maker of Darvon is issuing a voluntary recall on the painkiller, along with related brand Darvocet. The FDA is also calling for generic drugmakers who market similar versions of the drug to stop selling the low-cost versions because they could cause similar problems.
Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, urged the FDA to petition the ban of the drug, claiming it has caused several hundred deaths each year.
Darvon has been on the market since the 1950s, and is an opioid, a chemical used to decrease reaction to pain as well as increased pain tolerance.
The voluntary ban puts Darvon sales in the U.S. in line with Britain, which banned the medication several years ago because of increased suicide rates and accidental overdoses, according to news reports .
As a South Carolina personal injury lawyer , I urge consumers to check their medicine cabinets and supplies for Darvon, Darvocet or any pure propoxyphene generic medications. Trade names include Darvocet-N and Di-Gesic Darvon with APAP for dextropropoxyphene and paracetamol and Darvon with ASA for dextropropoxyphene and aspirin.