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On January 30, 2009, an advisory panel recommended that the Food and Drug Administration issue a recall of Darvon, which when combined with acetominaphen is called Darvocet, a commonly prescribed pain medication. The panel concluded that the risk of addiction, overdose and suicide outweighed the benefits of these painkillers and recommended Darvon and Darvocet be pulled from the market. So, if you have Darvocet in your medicine cabinet, you might want to consider destroying it. And if a doctor prescribes it, you should ask about substitutes. Darvon and Darvocet contain narcotics and perhaps you can get equal pain relief from less risky medications.
In addition, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Wyeth v. Levine that FDA approval of a drug does not immunize the manufacturer from negligence and product liability lawsuits under state law. So, the fact that Darvocet and Darvon are approved, at the moment, for use by the FDA does not meant that they are entirely safe for consumers or that injured consumers don’t have rights against manufacturers who put these products in the stream of commerce for profit.
Be an informed and proactive patient. Educate and inform yourself. Ask questions and don’t blindly take risky medication.