I was manufactured by Eli Lilly and first approved for release in the 1950’s.
I have been used millions of times by millions of patients all over the world.
I was withdrawn in the United Kingdom in 2007 because of concerns about increased risk of death in accidental or intentional overdose – even with small numbers of tablets – and am no longer available for prescription to new patients.
I was taken off the market in Europe in 2009 due to concerns about fatal overdoses.
I was also taken off the market in New Zealand in 2010, again due to concerns about my toxicity.
In 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that I would be withdrawn from the US market because of problems with serious cardiac toxicity, even at therapeutic doses.
I was described as:
“among the worst drugs in history…. addictive, not very effective and toxic”
by the President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
But I am still available in Australia.
Who am I?