Table 1

Examples of drug products being withdrawn

Drug nameUsageCompanyReasonsYears on market
AccutaneAcneHoffman-LaRocheBirth defects, etc1982–2009
BaycolCholesterol reductionBayer AGKidney failure1998–2001
BexlraPain reliefGD SearleCardiovascular serious adverse event2001–2005
CylertAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder/Attention deficit disorderAbbott LabsLiver toxicity1975–2010
DuractPain killerWyeth-AyerstLiver damage1997–1998
VioxxPain reliefMerckHeart attack and stroke1999–2004
ZelmidAnti-depressantAstraZenecaHigher risk of suicide1982–1982