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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Darvocet-Darvon-Propoxyphene No Longer Available For Pain In United States

By November 20, 2010

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Darvocet (Darvon) will no longer be available as a painkiller, or at least it will no longer be available when the current supply runs out. The medication was occasionally used for pain after surgery, but was not a frontline surgery drug.

Propoxyphene, better known by the names Darvocet and Darvon, has been ordered removed from shelves by the FDA.  However, the FDA is also telling patients to continue with their current prescription until they can meet with their physician to establish a new plan for their pain needs.

The United States is behind the curve in pulling the drug from the market.  Britain banned the medication in 2005 and the European Union banned it in 2009.  Although an FDA committee voted 14-12 for banning the drug in January of 2009, the FDA failed to do so until now.

The main reason that the drug is no longer going to be available, even after allowing 10 million people to take it in the United States last year, is that the FDA now believes that the cardiac effects of the drug render it unsafe.

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