Please note, The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP is no longer accepting Darvocet claims. If you feel that you may have a potential case, we urge you to locate another law firm adequately suited to handle your claim.
The prescription pain reliever Darvocet® was pulled from the U.S. market in November 2010 due to its link to dangerous and sometimes fatal heart rhythm problems.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Darvocet, you should contact our lawyersimmediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
Why Was Darvocet Recalled?
The FDA requested that Darvocet and all products containing the painkiller propoxyphene be removed from the market on November 19, 2010. The safety of Darvocet has long been a controversial topic, and a recent study provided conclusive evidence that propoxyphene-containing drugs cause potentially deadly heart rhythm abnormalities, even in healthy patients at prescribed doses. The new data forced the FDA to conclude that propoxyphene’s “overall balance of risk and benefit can no longer be considered favorable.”
How does Darvocet affect the heart?
Darvocet’s chemicals block the potassium and sodium channels in the heart. This slows the heart muscle’s ability to transmit electrical currents leading to respiratory problems, convulsions, and cardiac arrest. A recent study found that propoxyphene slowed down the time between heartbeats by an average of 30 to 40 milliseconds – any change by more than 20 milliseconds significantly increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia.
Cardiac arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart which can be diagnosed by an electrocardiogram (ECG). Arrhythmia can interfere with the heart’s ability to pump blood causing:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- loss of consciousness
- heart attack
- sudden death
Do I have a Darvocet Lawsuit?
The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in Darvocet lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Darvocet, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-(949) 557-5800. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.