September 18, 2008
Smoking cessation drug Chanitx has been under scrutiny in recent months as links to dangerous side effects emerge. Made by drug manufacturer Pfizer, Chanitx was approved by the FDA in 2006 and quickly became a top seller, amassing $883 million its first year on the market.
- May 2006
- Chantix is approved by the FDA as a treatment for those trying to quit smoking. In the FDA’s press release on the approval of Chantix, it cited "the most common adverse effects of Chantix were nausea, headache, vomiting, flatulence (gas), insomnia, abnormal dreams, and dysgeusia (change in taste perception)."
- November 2007
- The FDA released concerns about the drug after receiving "reports of suicidal thoughts and aggressive and erratic behavior in patients who have taken Chantix." At the time, the FDA cautioned patients and their doctors to closely observe changes in behaviors or mood, to use caution when operating heavy machinery, and to stop taking the drug if behavior side-effects occurred.
- January 2008
- Pfizer stopped advertising Chantix.
- February 2008
- The FDA followed up their initial concerns with a public health advisory altering patients and providers to new safety warnings about Chantix. Although not a black box warning, the most serious kind, the warning did require a labeling change from Pfizer.
- May 2008
- Following the release of a new study by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and a Public Health Advisory issued by the FDA, the FAA ordered pilots and air traffic controllers to stop taking the drug immediately. The study "found evidence for the occurrence of seizures, loss of consciousness, heart attacks, vision problems, and various psychiatric instabilities in individuals who use Chantix."
- September 2008
- Pfizer began running new ads for Chantix. The new ads, however, don’t refer to the drug by name, instead the ads direct consumers to a web site. This "unbranded advertising" technique allows drug makers to draw in consumers without having to list the side effects of the drug they’re trying to market.
Injured by Chantix? Pittsburgh Chantix Layer
If you or a loved one has been injured taking the smoking cessation drug Chantix, and would like to speak with a Chantix lawyer, please contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.
Most Recent in
- Common antibiotic can cause severe nerve damage (Nov 13 14)
- Dialysis, stroke, & heart attack: GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis concentrates (Nov 5 13)
- PANCREATIC CANCER AND DIABETES DRUGS (Sep 24 13)
- Newsweek Top Attorneys Showcase, 2011 (Jun 9 11)
- Smoking Cessation Drug Chantix: Emotional Side Effects (Sep 18 08)
Most Recent in
- U.S. Steel May Have to Idle Coke Ovens due to Pollution Concerns (Dec 6 18)
- Today is the Great American Smokeout (Nov 15 18)
- Asbestosis and its Link to Lung Cancer (Nov 8 18)
- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month (Nov 1 18)
- Rising Levels of Asbestos Imports into the United States (Oct 29 18)
Most Recent in
- Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Retained in Opioid Crisis Lawsuit (May 23 18)
- Attorney David P. Chervenick Celebrates 30 years at Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. (May 15 18)
- Johnson & Johnson Will Appeal $117 Million Verdict in Mesothelioma Case (Apr 16 18)
- Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson Goes to Trial (Jan 23 18)
- Growing Number of Talcum Powder Users File Lawsuits (Nov 13 17)