An FDA panel has recommended that the painkiller Darvon be banned due to risks.
WiredPRNews.com – Advisors for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended a ban on a painkiller that’s been in use for over 50 years. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), an advisory panel voted 14-12 Friday in favor of Darvon being withdrawn from the market due to serious risks that includes suicide and addition.
As noted by the AP, the prescription painkiller was approved by the FDA beginning in 1957 and is now marketed as Darvocet, having become one of the most prescribed medications in the country. Its use was banned in the UK in 2005.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe with Public Citizen, a consumer watch group is quoted as stating of Darvon in the report, “With a drug that has almost no evidence of benefit, any risk is unacceptable… Hopefully the FDA will follow the vote of its advisers.” Dr. Wolfe first advocated for the drug’s ban in the 1970s.