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Propoxyphene Withdrawn from the Market

Aschenbrenner, Diane S., MS, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: March 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 3 - p 23
doi: 10.1097/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000395234.38110.a1
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  • The prescription analgesic propoxyphene (Darvon and Darvocet) has been withdrawn from the market.
  • The drug can change the electrical activity of the heart, causing dangerous, even lethal, rhythms.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is the course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: dianea@son.jhmi.edu.

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