Last November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that all products containing the painkiller propoxyphene be withdrawn from the market. The move came after the agency reviewed a new study that linked the drug to potentially fatal heart complications and was accompanied by speculation that many lawsuits against propoxyphene manufacturers would follow. Although only a handful of lawsuits have been filed to date—all of them against Darvon and Darvocet manufacturer Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals—hundreds, even thousands are still expected as attorneys evaluate cases and file claims on behalf of propoxyphene users who suffered an arrhythmia, heart attack, or other coronary side effects. And while such individuals are entitled to compensation from drug manufacturers, the families of those who died as a result of taking the drug might also be able to recover money through a Darvon/Darvocet recall lawsuit.
Under product liability laws, the entity or entities that make a product available to the public—including designers, manufacturers, and retailers—are held liable for any harms those products cause. These laws support the Darvocet recall lawsuits that have been filed against Xanodyne.
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