The U.S. Food and Drug Administration report that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., manufacturer of Davon and Darvocet, has agreed to pull the two pain medication from the market due to risk of potentially serious or fatal side effects including heart rhythm abnormalities and also because of concerns that too many patients have overdosed on the drug.
Darvon and Darvocet has been prescribed to 10 million people since 2009.
The FDA says that intentional or unintentional overdoses can occur when the drug is taken by itself or with alcohol or other medications.
Davon and Darvocet have been linked to more than 2,000 deaths in the past 30 years. Both medications contain propoxyphene which can be habit forming.
The FDA has asked generic makers of the medical to pull their drugs as well.
Many people feel that this decision is a long time in coming; the UK pulled the medication off of the market in 2005 and Europe’s medical regulator removed it from that market in 2009.
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