Public Citizen has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration in an attempt to get the agency to simply act on a petition filed by the consumer advocacy group. A prescription painkiller sold under names including Darvon and Darvocet is too risky to stay on the market, according to Public Citizen. This matter started when Public Citizen petitioned the agency two years ago seeking a ban on the drug, calling it no more effective than safer painkillers and citing the accidental deaths of more than 2,000 people since 1981. The FDA has taken no action on the petition.
Now, Public Citizen has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, contending that the FDA has violated the law by not ruling on its petition within the required six months. At issue is a narcotic known chemically as propoxyphene, which is addictive. Even when used properly, the drug can cause slowed heartbeat and other serious cardiac side effects. It’s difficult to understand how the FDA could sit on a petition involving a safety issue for more than two years without taking any action.
Source: Public Citizen
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