November 19th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Darvon, Darvocet to be pulled from U.S. market

Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. - the maker of Darvon and Darvocet, the brand version of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene - has agreed to withdraw the medication from the U.S. market at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA said on Friday.

The FDA sought the action after new clinical data showed the drug puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.