The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made national news over the weekend announcing they will pull the popular painkillers Darvon and Darvocet from pharmacy shelves.
Recent research revealed evidence that use of these painkillers may lead to serious and potentially fatal heart problems.
The active ingredient, propoxyphene, appears to be the culprit. New research has led the FDA to take steps to ban this product. In 2009, the FDA was close to pulling the plug on Darvon and Darvocet with an FDA advisory panel voting to take action and blacklist the drugs, however, the FDA ultimately made the decision to keep the drugs on the market but continued studies on potential heart-health issues relating to these drugs.
If you are taking these drugs, the FDA recommends you consult your physician(s) immediately and that you do not stop taking the drug on your own. Darvon and Darvocet are manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals.
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