More Darvocet Lawsuits Come Before Kentucky Judge Danny Reeves
As seven more Darvocet lawsuits join the multidistrict litigation (MDL) filed before an Eastern Kentucky court, Federal Judge Danny Reeves finds himself handling more than 100 consolidated lawsuits regarding Darvocet and Darvon side effects. In the seven lawsuits mentioned, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company were all named as defendants, although some of them mentioned other companies as well. Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Darvocet, was named as first defendant in all but one of the lawsuits. In the case filed by plaintiff Diane Dickerson, the only plaintiff hailing from the state of Mississippi, she named Eli Lilly and Company as first defendant in the lawsuit. Darvocet was developed by Eli Lilly and Company and has been a controlled pain medication for more than 30 years. The plaintiffs in the other six cases all hail from New Jersey.
Darvocet Lawsuits Claim Misinformation
Many people who have used these drugs containing propoxyphene have consulted a Darvocet lawyer due to serious Darvocet and Darvon side effects. There have been reported cases of these drugs leading to severe heart problems like arrhythmia or a heart attack. Even worse are the cases where these side effects cause the death of some patients. Many Darvocet lawsuits attribute these catastrophic incidents to the lack of information provided by the drugs’ manufacturers. Some plaintiffs have alleged that the manufacturers misrepresented the drugs by telling the public they are “safe,” when, in reality, they have been proven to be harmful. Even the FDA has acquiesced to the complaints and petitions of advocacy groups and concerned citizens; in November 2010, the agency announced the recall of Darvocet and Darvon.
Arrhythmia the Most Common Complaint in Darvocet Lawsuits
Heart problems are at the “heart” of many Darvocet lawsuits, but arrhythmia seems to be the most commonly reported heart problem. Arrhythmia can be very dangerous, even fatal, often leading to cardiac arrest if not treated immediately. When the heartbeat is either too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or in irregular patterns, it puts the individual at risk of heart attack, stroke, or even death. Problems in circulation can also damage the brain and other internal organs.
Status of Darvocet Lawsuits
In light of the MDL in the state of Kentucky, many believe that the consolidated Darvocet lawsuits will be handled more efficiently. Plaintiffs may still be added to the MDL in the future. More users of both Darvocet and Darvon are now considering retaining a Darvocet lawyer due, in part, to the recall in November of 2010. The recall of both drugs has made the public aware of the dangerous Darvocet and Darvon side effects that affect the heart.
Currently, Darvocet and Darvon are off the market and may have reached the end of the line. For Federal Judge Danny Reeves, however, the story has just begun.