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The anti-smoking drug Chantix has been linked to an increased risk of suicides, suicide attempts, aggressive and unusual behavior. The FDA has received hundreds of reports involving serious and sometimes fatal injuries linked to psychiatric side effects, and required that a black box warning about the Chantix suicide risk be placed on the medication.
STATUS OF CHANTIX LITIGATION: Potential lawsuits are being by attorneys on behalf of individuals throughout the United States. All federal Chantix lawsuits have been consolidated in an MDL that is centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., Chantix (varenicline) is a prescription medication approved to help people quit smoking. It was approved in 2006 and has quickly become a very popular medication for people who have had a difficult time breaking their smoking addiction. By blocking the receptors commonly stimulated by nicotine, Chantix reduces the positive feelings that come from cigarettes.
In November 2007, the FDA issued an early communication regarding an emerging safety concern which linked the use of Chantix to reports of suicides, suicidal thoughts and sudden changes in behavior. In February 2008, the FDA issued a statement which suggested that their evaluation indicates it is “increasingly likely that there may be an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.” In June 2009, the FDA required Pfizer to add a prominently displayed boxed warning about the risk of behavior changes, depression, hostility and suicidal thoughts, which is the strongest warning that can be placed on a prescription medication.
When Chantix was introduced, Pfizer failed to adequately research their medication or provide adequate warnings to users and the medical community about the potential side effects which could increase the risk of suicide or unusual behavior changes. Following hundreds of reported problems, information was added to the warning label about the psychiatric side effects and users are now provided with a medication guide outlining the risks that could be associated with the use of Chantix.
CHANTIX SIDE EFFECTS:
Lawsuits are being evaluated by Chantix lawyers throughout the country on behalf of users who have suffered severe physical injury or death as a result of:
Sudden Aggressive Behavior
If you, a friend or family member have been harmed by Chantix, please contact our firm for a free consultation. Call 1-800-811-9495 or contact us online.
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