Friday, the FDA announced
the pain-killing drugs Darvon, Darvocet and their generic ingredient propoxyphene are being removed from the market because of serious heart risks.
The Food and Drug Administration says the painkiller puts patients at risk of abnormal or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. An estimated 10 million Americans are taking Darvocet and other propoxyphene painkillers. The FDA says they should not immediately stop taking the drugs because there is danger of serious withdrawal symptoms. Patients should instead immediately contact their doctors for help switching to different methods of pain control. The FDA says long-term users should not worry. Once people stop using the now banned pain killers, the side effects should go away.
The ban comes too late for a Health Research group that blasted the FDA for waiting far too long to protect the public. The group's director says the delay has cost more than 1,000 American lives.
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