Darvocet Lawsuit Settlement and Other Drug Recall Lawsuit Settlements
Drug recalls and resulting settlements of the past provide encouraging examples to current plaintiffs and former users who have experienced Darvocet side effects and are awaiting a Darvocet lawsuit settlement of their own.
Darvocet recall similar in some ways to Vioxx recall
In 2004, Merck pulled its blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx from the US market after it was found to put users at significant risk of heart attack. At the time of its recall, Vioxx was one of the most widely used drugs to ever be pulled from the market.
As soon as the drug was recalled, the lawsuits poured in, with millions awarded to plaintiffs who developed cardiovascular injuries due to Vioxx use. In 2008, Merck began paying out a massive $4.8 billion settlement to nearly 50,000 former Vioxx users. Vioxx settlements ranged from $5,000 to a couple million dollars each.
A Darvocet lawsuit settlement may be equally valuable, although there are almost certain to be fewer plaintiffs involved in the growing Darvocet side effects litigation. Darvocet side effects including arrhythmia,torsade de pointes, ventricular heart problems, heart electrical changes, heart attack, all of which also affect the heart, are relatively rare. Nevertheless, they are particularly deadly. As such, a Darvocet lawsuit settlement may be valued at a million dollars or more.
Darvocet recall and the Fen-phen recall
Fen-phen is another popular drug that was recalled due to cardiac side effects. The popular diet drug, a combination of previously approved individual drugs fenfluramine and phentermine, was recalled from the US market in 1997 after it was found to cause valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.
In 2005, drugmaker Wyeth announced that it had set aside $21.1 billion to settle more than 60,000 Fen-phen lawsuits. Many plaintiffs who never experienced symptoms of Fen-Phen side effects were offered settlements worth between $5,000 to $200,000. Plaintiffs who developed serious side effects with life-changing symptoms were offered considerably more.
Darvocet side effects lead to lawsuits
Today, only a few dozen plaintiffs have so far joined Darvocet litigation, which may be consolidated and centralized when a high-ranking judicial panel meets later this summer. By that time, hundreds of plaintiffs may have hired or at least consulted with a Darvocet lawyer about potential compensation for Darvocet side effects.
Darvocet was recalled last November after the mild painkiller was found to interfere with the electrical activity of the heart, causing sometimes-deadly Darvocet side effects such as ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.
Darvocet and its core ingredient propoxyphene had been on the market for more than 50 years prior to the Darvocet recall. Consumer health advocacy groups estimate the painkiller has killed several thousands of Americans within just the past two decades.