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Painkillers Darvon and Darvocet Linked to Heart Problems

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Painkillers Darvon and Darvocet Linked to Heart Problems

The popular, yet controversial, painkillers Darvon and Darvocet have been pulled from the market at the request of the FDA. New evidence has linked propoxyphene, the active ingredient in Darvon, Darvocet and their generic counterparts, with increased risk of serious, potentially fatal heart problems.

The FDA has determined that the drugs’ benefits do not outweigh the serious risks associated with the medications’ side effects, which include heart rhythm abnormalities. Even when taken at recommended doses by healthy patients, the propoxyphene in Darvon and Darvocet can still cause changes in the electrical activity of the heart that can cause serious problems, including sudden death.

Darvon was first introduced to the market. However, concerns over the drug’s serious side effects led consumer group, Public Citizen, to petition the FDA to remove the drug from the market. Darvon and Darvocet have been banned in the UK since 2005, and were banned in Europe over a year ago. Public Citizen estimates that as many as 1,000-2,000 US deaths have been linked to Darvon and/or Darvocet since the drugs were banned in England over 6 years ago.

Our drug injury lawyers know firsthand the pain and suffering that can be caused by unsafe pharmaceuticals. Our firm represented hundreds of Vioxx victims, and our senior partner, Attorneys, played a central role in the national litigation against Merck. We’ve been working hard for victims of dangerous drugs for nearly thirty years, and are currently investigating claims on behalf of victims of Darvon, Darvocet and generic propoxyphene painkillers.

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CPSC Bans Drop-Side Cribs

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CPSC Bans Drop-Side Cribs

After more than 30 deaths associated with dangerous, drop-side cribs, the government has banned their manufacture, sale and re-sale. The CPSC voted unanimously to outlaw these cribs, which feature a slide rail that moves up and down and can create a space where an infant can become entrapped and suffocate. Over the past decade, these cribs have been blamed for 32 deaths and suspected in another 14 deaths.

The CPSC says that new crib standards will assuredly reduce the number of injuries and deaths associated with cribs. The new standards, hailed a “the strongest in the world,” will demand tougher safety testing and better labeling aimed to reduce instances of crib misassembly.

Having represented a family who lost an infant in a drop-side crib, we know firsthand the damage and trauma these dangerous cribs pose. Kudos to the CPSC for taking this bold step to help protect other families from this senseless tragedy.

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Louisiana DHH: 334 Exposure-Related Illnesses, Accidents from Oil Spill

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Accidents from Oil Spill

According to a press release sent by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), it is believed that 334 people have been made ill or have suffered injuries due to the oil spill and its clean up efforts. Of those sickened, 221 were working on oil rigs or were involved in the clean up efforts. The remaining 84 are members of the general public. Of the workers, 17 required hospitalization.

In its recent Oil Spill Surveillance Summary report, the DHH indicated that the most common complaints included exposure to odors/fumes, skin contact with contaminated water or objects, heat stress and lacerations/fractures associated with the clean-up and containment efforts. The illnesses and injuries were reported to hospital emergency departments, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices and Poison Center. These cases were monitored by the DHH’s Office of Public Health and Section on Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology. The most frequently reported symptoms were headache, dizziness, neaseau, vomiting, weakness/fatigue and upper respiratory irration.

While it looks the the devastating oil leak will finally be stopped permanently, residents of the Gulf Coast are just now starting to see the long-term effects associated with this environmental disaster. It is troubling to see the effects of the oil spill on our coast, waters, wildlife, human health and way of life. We will continue to follow this story, so stay tuned.

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