LUFKIN - A Texas resident has filed a lawsuit claiming he is at an increased risk of side effects from taking the prescription pain medication Darvocet and is asking for $10 million from the drug maker.

Dwight Myrick filed suit against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Nov. 19 in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division. His wife, Brenda, is also a plaintiff.

Myrick allegedly suffered injuries as a result of taking the medication Darvocet-N.

The defendant is accused of concealing their knowledge of Darvocet’s defects from the Food and Drug Administration, the public and the medical community.

Darvocet is allegedly defective due to the increased risk of serious and dangerous side effects including inter alia heart arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, other adverse cardiovascular events and/or sudden death.

The plaintiff is seeking $10 million in damages for physical pain, mental suffering, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, court costs, punitive damages, interest and court costs.

Myrick is represented by Christopher T. Kirchmer of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 9:12-cv-00195

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