Here's the FDA's video on the recent information to take the drug off the market:
November 2010 Archives
Recent studies have linked the active ingredient (propoxyphene) in Darvon and Darvocet to serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The FDA requested the withdrawal of the products last week.
Calls for the products withdrawal have been ongoing for years. A group call Public Citizen's Health Research Group petitioned the FDA to ban the substance in 2006.
The plaintiff's attorney in medical malpractice cases almost always works the case on a contingency fee. This means that the attorney will get a portion of any settlement or court verdict that the client gets.
Why would someone want to hire an attorney on a contingency fee case?
- "Access to the courts" - Most people can't afford to hire an attorney hourly. If attorneys could only work on an hourly basis, the only clients that would hire an attorney would be rich people and companies. The contingency fee helps level the playing field.
- It spreads the risk between the client and their attorney. An hourly rate puts all the risk on the client and their attorney would win (get paid) even if the case is lost.
- The interests of the attorney are strongly in line with that of the client. The higher the settlement, the higher the attorney fee.
- Faith in the client and their case - An attorney isn't going to take a contingency fee case if he/she doesn't think there will be any recovery.