Darvon & Darvocet Banned For Propoxyphene?
The FDA has at last banned Darvon, Darvocet, and other brand/generic drugs containing propoxyphene -- a safety-plagued painkiller from the 1950s.
Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Newport, 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.
Similar withdrawals from the market of the drug also known as propoxyphene were recommended in Europe in 2009 and are already under way.
Propoxyphene was first approved by the FDA in 1957, but has been shadowed for years by safety concerns.
Why did it take so long to ban Darvon & Darvocet if they knew this drug was bad for your heart? The same drug was already banned in the UK several years ago.