Popular painkillers taken off the market

Although still in wide use more than a half-century after introduction, Darvon and Darvocet and their generic counterparts are easily replaceable, pain management experts said Friday after the Food and Drug Administration asked that the popular painkillers be removed from the U.S. marketplace. The FDA’s decision, based on data showing a risk of serious heart rhythm abnormalities, caps years of controversy about the dangerous side effects of Darvon — known generically as propoxyphene — which was first approved by regulators in 1957.

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