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Darvon Prescription Danger

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted to recommend withdrawing Darvon from the marketplace. The prescription drug has been used to treat pain for more than 50 years but has left a trail of problems such as addiction and suicide.

Darvon was first approved in 1957, when there were few alternatives for treating pain except aspirin and powerful narcotics. The drug remains one of the top 25 most commonly prescribed medications. More than 20 million prescriptions were written in 2007.

The consumer group Public Citizen had petitioned the FDA to withdraw Darvon because the drug offers relatively weak pain relief and poses an overdose risk, with the potential to be used in suicides.

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