The Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 19 recommended removing from the market propoxyphene, a painkiller commonly sold as Darvon and Darvocet.

On the same day, physician users of the free, Web-based and advertiser supported electronic health records system of Practice Fusion received an alert from the San Francisco-based vendor.

The alert explained the recommended recall and how to use the EHR to quickly identify patients taking all brand name or generic versions of propoxyphene. On the Practice Fusion application, running the report is done by clicking on Reports, double-clicking on Medication Report, entering "propoxyphene" in the search box and clicking Run Report.

--Joseph Goedert


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