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Popular Pain Killers Taken Off the Market

November 21, 2010 by Janice Marks in Health Care

On November 19th, the FDA banned the popular pain killers Darvon and Darvocet, as well as other brand and generic pills containing propoxyphene, a  safety-plagued opioid from the 1950s.The FDA was prompted to act by the results of studies showing that the drug causes heart issues in healthy patients taking normal doses of the medication and is now urging all those who use these drugs for pain relief to cease taking them.“Don’t delay,” warned Dr. Gerald Dal Pan, director of the FDA’s office of surveillance and epidemiology.However, those taking the drugs should not stop taking them suddenly, due to the risk of serious withdrawal symptoms. It is advised to discuss with the prescribing physician for professional guidance as to switching to a safe alternative for pain control.The drug was banned six years ago in the UK and nearly a year-and-a-half ago by Europe’s drug agency.More information about the ban, including a video press release, has been posted on the FDA website.

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Janice Marks – A retired nurse and home health care professional, Janice has written prolifically about the American health care system. As a writer for Left Justified focused on the current changes in the health care community, she weaves her professional background and expertise into her evaluation of the current health care issues facing the American government and people. Contact Janice at janicemarks(at)leftjustified.com.

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