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Chantix is an anti-smoking drug manufactured by Pfizer. It is prescribed to people who are attempting to quit smoking in order to help alleviate the side effects of nicotine withdrawal. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, the drug rapidly gained popularity among smokers struggling to overcome their nicotine addiction.
Shortly after its release, numerous reports began surfacing regarding dangerous side effects associated with the drug. Many Chantix defective drug lawsuits have been filed claiming that the drug has resulted in:
Since its approval in 2006, the FDA has received hundreds of reports of suicides, attempted suicides, and suicidal thoughts associated with the consumption of Chantix. Furthermore, Pfizer did not properly warn physicians and consumers about the increased risk of suicide from taking Chantix. This failure to adequately document these risks has potentially resulted in additional injuries and deaths that could have been easily prevented.
The number of adverse event reports associated with Chantix has been staggering. Between May 2006 and December 2007, the FDA received the following:
The mounting reports of adverse events associated with Chantix prompted the FDA to issue an alert in February 2008 which emphasized several important changes to the drug’s warning label regarding the risk of serious psychiatric side effects, particularly suicidal tendencies.
There have been many defective drug lawsuits filed against Pfizer regarding the adverse events, particularly suicide problems associated with Chantix. Many of these lawsuits allege that Pfizer did not properly evaluate the safety of the drug before releasing it on the market. In particular, the primary safety trial conducted excluded many patients who would potentially comprise the target demographic for Chantix, including people who:
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or developed a dangerous psychiatric condition from taking Chantix, the defective drug attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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