Darvon Lawsuit To Be Among Top Newsmakers Of 2011 

by Darvon Lawsuit Friday, April 01, 2011
Lawsuits for the recalled painkiller Darvon have the potential to become of the leading legal and health issues for 2011, according to online legal news aggregator NewsInferno.com. According to its report, one national law firm, Parker Waichman Alfonso LLP, reported massive numbers of inquiries – as much as 1,000 phone calls per day – regarding Darvon class action lawsuits ever since the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requested manufacturers of propoxyphene medication including Darvon and Darvocet to pull out their products from the market due to serious and potentially lethal heart rhythm problems.

Parker Waichman Alfonso was one of the first to file a Darvon Lawsuits, on behalf of a 31-year old woman of Queens, New York after she suffered a near-fatal heart attack shortly after ingesting the drug. The firm later filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on December 2010 in order to consolidate all federal Darvocet and Darvon class action lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation in the US District Court.

First introduced in 1957, Darvon, which was also later known as Darvocet, has garnered notoriety over the years due to its toxicity at doses not much higher than recommended dosages due to its heart-toxic metabolite accumulation in the body as well as for being addictive. The opioid painkiller was linked to thousands of deaths since 1981, a majority of which were supposedly due to cardiac toxicity including the interruption of electrical conduction in the heart.

The latest, and probably the biggest, legal action against Darvon involved the FDA finally banning the drug on November 19, 2010. This is after new proof of Darvon side effects surfaced during studies conducted on normal people taking recommended doses of the drug. The study, which was conducted by Darvon manufacturer Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, discovered that Darvon could cause irregular heartbeat which could lead to a potentially fatal rapid heartbeat called ventricular tachycardia.

An FDA advisory panel earlier recommended the recall of Darvon and Darvocet in February 2009, after it was found out that the risk of overdose and suicide far outweighed the pain relief benefits provided by the drug. However, it was later decided in July of that same year for the medications to remain on circulation but with a new “black box” warning regarding the side effects of Darvon and Darvocet, which is the most stringent warning label under federal regulation.

Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer interest advocacy group, has also petitioned the FDA for a Darvon recall as well as the removal of other propoxyphene products from the market. The group claims at least 1,000 to more than 2,000 Americans have already died from ingesting propoxyphene since 2004. Forensic data from the Florida medical examiner have categorized the deaths wherein propoxyphene was allegedly involved to have been “caused” by particular drugs. From 2005 to 2009 alone, 395 deaths in Florida were said to have been due to effects of propoxyphene.

Did you or a loved one suffer from the ill effects caused by Darvon? If so, do not hesitate to apply for compensation in the form of a Darvon Lawsuits. We offer case evaluation of Darvon legal action, and if your case is deemed qualified you will receive a free case consultation.

Bob runs a freelance consultancy service, providing advice on insurance claims as well as corporate and security lawsuits. He also volunteers his services at retirement homes and community centers. He is a regular contributor to http://darvon-lawsuit.net/.

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