Propoxyphene is a medicine that has been marketed in approved drugs such as Darvon and Darvocet since 1957. Darvon is a narcotic analgesic, used to relieve mild to moderate pain. It has shown many severe side effects in the patients taking this medicine. It is produced by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals. After FDA banned this drug Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals recalled this medicine from the market in November 2010.

In December 2010 Linda Gallagher filed the first Darvocet class action lawsuit. It was filed in federal court in New Orleans on behalf of all patients taking Darvocet, who claim to suffer from injuries due to using Darvocet, as they were not duly warned about its dangerous effects. The Darvocet class action lawsuit claims Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals failed to provide its patients with sufficient information related to the drug’s side effects as well as serious heart problems associated with its usage.

Linda Gallagher, the plaintiff of this case claims to be prescribed Darvocet in 2007 and since that time she has suffered two heart attacks. Her lawsuit against Darvocet claims that her health complications are linked to Darvocet damage and adverse reactions linked to taking this painkiller. Her lawsuit, like many other Darvon and Darvocet lawsuits filed for compensation, asks for reimbursement, as well as compensation for medical and attorney fees.

Now this case has been given class-action status. Now each and every person joining the Darvocet Class Action Lawsuit will receive similar financial compensation. Over the years Darvocet has been prescribed to get rid of the pain, usually after surgeries. Darvon and other painkiller from the same manufacturer are linked to notable number of side effects, caused by its main ingredient, propoxyphene.

The Darvocet was recalled in 2010 along with Darvon as FDA found out evidences against these medicines. New evidences showed that Propoxyphene is linked with serious heart problems.

The Darvocet class action lawsuit claims that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals did not only fail to warn both patients and doctors about the drug’s potential adverse reactions, but it is also responsible for violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. It intentionally produced the medicine that may threaten its consumers’ health and life. This lawsuit held Xanodyne liable for damages caused to the patients taking this medicine.

The number of Darvon and Darvocet Lawsuits filed against the Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Company is increasing at a rapid speed. It is estimated that nearly 2000 deaths occurred due to side effects of this medicine. Around 20 million people were prescribed Darvocet. Darvon and Darvocet were withdrawn from the market within the past 12 months but no Darvon and Darvocet lawsuit settlement has been reached yet.

There are many other lawsuits in waiting. The coming months are expected to see a flood of Darvon and darvocet lawsuits seeking compensation for damage due to use of these drugs. Although no significant result is showing yet, the number of lawsuits is increasing day by day. Some significant results are expected from already filed cases in near future.