Massive Wave of Darvocet Lawsuits Expected in Wake of Drug Recall


March 19, 2011

In the wake of the FDA recall of Darvocet in November, a massive wave of lawsuits related to the dangerous heart-related side effects of the drug are expected. The drug has been on the market since 1957 and has been the subject of safety concerns related to its adverse side effects for over 30 years. Based on prior studies, Britain began phasing out the drug in 2005 with Japan and Canada soon taking similar action.

Despite over 30 years of evidence that Darvocet may have dangerous side effects, the drug remained on the market until November, even in the face of research indicating that Darvocet is no more effective than other competing drugs. The scope of litigation over the harmful side effects of Darvocet could be staggering considering that FDA estimates place the number of Darvocet prescriptions at ten million in 2009 alone. Darvocet can cause serious injury to the proper functioning of the heart.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious heart-related side effects related to taking Darvocet or Darvon, contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation. Our attorneys are dedicated to your best interests in our constant effort to be the best Atlanta personal injury law firm in all of Georgia. We have been representing those throughout Georgia who suffer serious injuries due to defective products and the negligent conduct of others for over 27 years.

Darvocet and Darvon contains the active ingredient propoxyphene and is manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals. Studies have indicated that Darvocet can cause serious cardiac injury even when taken in indicated dosages. Darvon and Darvocet have been linked to an unpredictable and asymptomatic heart condition, which is very serious and can even be fatal. The drug causes an irregular heartbeat by causing a condition called QT prolongation. This condition lengthens the time between the Q wave and T waves, which are two of five electrical impulses that measure the regularity of a heartbeat, and can cause a potentially lethal rapid heartbeat called “ventricular tachycardia.”

An advisory committee of the FDA recommended pulling Darvocet from the market in 2006, but the FDA let the drug remain on the market until November 2010. Adverse cardiac events associated with the use of Darvocet and Davron include the following:

  • Disturbance in the transmission of electrical impulses of the heart
  • Impaired ability of the heart to contract properly
  • Decreased heart rate

If you have suffered severe heart-related side effects, which may be a result of your use of Darvon or Darvocet, contact the Georgia Darvocet injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates. We work hard for our clients in order to help them obtain the compensation they deserve. Our experienced Georgia defective drug lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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