The smoking cessasion drug, Chantix, has come under fire this month after reportedly causing 988 serious injuries among users.According to a study published by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices, the 988 injuries were recorded in Pfizer’s fourth quarter alone—which was more than any other drug during that time period.
The reported side effects of Chantix include the following:
- Suicide or Suicidal thoughts
- Aggression and hostility
- Accidents and Falls
- Life threatening cardiac rhythm disturbances
- Severe skin reactions
- Acute myocardial infarction
As a result of these severe side effects, the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have banned all pilots, air traffic controllers and truckers from using the drug. Unfortunately, The FDA and Pfizer continue to insist that the benefits in the area of smoking cessation outweigh the potentially fatal risks associated with Chantix.
I would encourage patients who have experienced side effects after using Chantix to immediately file a report with the FDA. The online reporting form can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/medWatch/report/consumer/consumer.htm
Similarly, if you have experienced any of the side effects listed above, you may have a case against the drug manufacturer for your injuries. If you wish to discuss your rights, call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Pennsylvania or fill out the form on the left side of the page.You will be contacted by our nurse within 24 hours.