The Darvon and Darvocet recall continues to make headlines as experts weigh in on its impact around the world.
Lawyers and Settlements published a story this week in which one well known physician explained that the danger of the now-recalled drugs was very clear early on. The results of the delay in banning the drug have been catastrophic. Calls for the ban began decades ago, but nothing was done. Now the doctor explains, “There could have been hundreds of thousands of deaths due to Darvon and Darvocet over the past 25 years.”
Medical researchers informed the FDA of their findings regarding the dangers of the drugs decades ago. However, the department was extremely slow in investigating the true risks of the medication-only pulling it from shelves this November.
Some experts believe that the trials related to Darvon and Darvocet will prove to be larger than many other mass medication cases. For example, Vioxx maker Merck provided a $4.85 billion settlement fund to be used to families of those injured by the painkiller’s effect on heat attacks.
The upcoming lawsuits will be of a similar magnitude.
One expert shared, “I think the Darvon trials will become bigger than Vioxx because it has been going on for so long, but some people are just now realizing how catastrophic Darvon is.”
Our product liability lawyers at Levin & Peronti remain concerned about all patients who may have been harmed by the Darvon and Darvocet recall. It is imperative that victims step forward and press for their legal rights to be respected. In that way, permanent changes may be made to the drug use process that could prevent future mistakes from plaguing thousands of other patients.
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