There are several common reasons why a drug may be recalled: contamination, varying levels of potency, mislabeling, or lack of effectiveness. Then there are drugs that are recalled because the side effects are so hellish, it’s simply wrong to keep the drug on the market. We like to think when the government approves something via the Food and Drug Administration (or FDA) that it’s safe and been thoroughly researched and studied, and all possible side effects are known, but that simply isn’t the case. Proving that, here are 25 Promising Drugs That Were FDA Approved But Later Recalled.
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Also known as DES, this drug was recalled in 1975 after nearly forty years on the market. A drug intended to prevent miscarriage, it was found years later to cause tumors in DAUGHTERS of the women whose mothers had taken it while pregnant. It is still sometimes prescribed to men to treat estrogen deficiencies though.
Cylert was a drug that affected the central nervous system and was used to treat ADD/ADHD. It was on the market for 35 years before it was pulled in 2010 because it caused liver damage.
This drug was used as a mild pain reliever and sometimes cough suppressant. It also had mild local anesthetic effects. It was taken off the market in the US in 2010 and in Europe on 2009 due to heart arrhythmia and fatal overdoses.
Darvon & Darvocet
After being on the market for over half a century, Darvon & Darvocet were banned in 2010 in the US, six years after being banned in the UK. Specifically, the ingredient propoxyphene was banned, due to heart side effects such as fatal abnormal rhythms in otherwise healthy patients taking the drugs as directed.
Cerivastatin (also known as Baycol) was recalled after just four years on the market in 2001. Intended to treat high cholesterol, it caused severe kidney and muscle issues and is responsible for at least 52 deaths.