They’re at it again.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the top prescription painkillers has been linked to thousands of accidental, heart- related deaths and can be addictive, a consumer group told federal health regulators on Tuesday, calling for its removal from the U.S. market.
In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Public Citizen said the drug propoxyphene, sold by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals under the brand Darvon, had been linked to 2,110 accidental deaths between 1981 and 1999 — nearly 6 percent of all drug-related deaths.
That is to say, 3.5*10-7 deaths per year when divided among the population of the USA.
“No good physician uses these drugs,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, head of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.
I do wonder if any physician who prescribes this drug has cause for a libel suit against Dr. Wolfe.
What the hey is the matter with letting doctors and patients decide on their own therapies?