Year: 1987 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.77, no.12, (Dec. 1987), p.1518-1523 SIEC No: 19900018

The authors analyzed trends in prescribing & overdose deaths related of propoxyphene (e.g. Darvon) before & after a 1978-80 information campaign carried out by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration through mailed warnings, face-to-face education of subscribers, press releases, & labelling changes. The no-refill recommendation had no impact on refill rates, & the risk of propoxyphene overdose death has remained constant since 1979. Declines in misuse of such drugs will require stronger measures.