Lawsuit over painkillers being streamlined in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge in Covington has been
selected to streamline pretrial proceedings in dozens of lawsuits
filed over the pain relievers Darvon, Darvocet and similar drugs.
None of the cases originated in Kentucky, as of early Wednesday
afternoon, Deputy U.S. District Clerk Susan Baker told the
Lexington Herald-Leader ( ). But U.S. District
Judge Danny Reeves, who holds court in Covington, has been selected
by a federal panel to refine the issues.
Baker says the idea is to prevent multiple judges from having to
handle the same issue.
Attorney Richard Schulte of Dayton, Ohio, says he knows of more
than 8,000 cases or potential cases nationwide.
Newport-based Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals agreed late last year to
withdraw the drugs at the request of the Food and Drug
Administration. The FDA sought the withdrawal after receiving data
showing that propoxyphene puts people at risk of serious or even
fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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