The FDA Advisory Panel voted to ban the painkillers Darvocet and Darvon due to over 3,000 reports of serious propoxyphene-related problems, including suicide, drug dependence, and overdose. The painkiller Darvon is made from propoxyphene; Darvocet is a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen. The labels on both Darvocet and Darvon warn that these medications should not be prescribed to patients who are prone to addiction or who may be suicidal.
Darvocet is one of the top 25 most commonly prescribed medications and more than 20 million prescriptions were written in 2007 for Darvocet.
The 14-12 vote followed a meeting prompted by the consumer group Public Citizen, which contends that the drug offers little pain relief, with a high potential for abuse. Whether the FDA will take the advisory panel’s recommendation on banning these painkillers is yet to be determined.
Have you ever taken Darvocet or Darvon for pain? If you did take either of these painkillers did you have any pain relief? I was on Darvocet for quite some time before I became immune to it. Do you think the FDA will ban this drug? With it being one of the most popular medications, I don’t see that happening. Leave your thoughts in the comments!