Varenicline….Chantix/Champix, yet more side effects!

This article here, was published in the Metroherald this morning. Finally, a newspaper reporting on side-effects of medication. Usually the only newspaper that reports on medication issues is “The Irish examiner“, and previously “The Tribune”, so it’s highly unusual to read something like this in Ireland.

Besides the latest heart problems and stroke risks with this drug, Chantix is suspected of causing other conditions, including serious accidents and falls, seizures, diabetes, psychosis, aggression and suicide. The findings prompted the Federal Aviation Adminstration in America to ban pilots, air traffic controllers and Truck drivers from using this drug.

The drug’s more serious side-effects, along with ssri’s, have been linked to suicice and homicide…previous post. 

Pharmalot, Ed Silverman…(Chantix) In recent weeks, there was controversy over whether Pfizer correctly reported side effects to the FDA, which required the drugmaker to alter its methods for submitting the data (look here) and France removed from its register of medicines for which patients can be reimbursed from government funds (see this).

Pfizer left out Hundreds of reports of suicides and violent reactions tied to the stop-smoking drug Chantix in a crucial government safety review. The reports were missing because the drug’s manufacturer Pfizer Inc. submitted years of data through ‘improper channels’, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The Daily Mail.

But the saddest report of all, is the Sky Sports executive, with no history of mental illness, who stabbed himself to death after only a few weeks on this drug. Mail on Sunday. 

Other Chantix stories….Chantix ruined my life.               

PloS one study of Prescription Drugs Associated with Reports of Violence Towards Others, Chantix came out on top! PLoS one

In 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay $70m after the deaths of Nigerian children in drug trial experiment. Also in 2009, Pfizer through its subsidiary Pharmacia and Upjohn Company, was hit with a 2.3 billion dollar fine with the “intent” to mislead and defraud the public.

Ghostwriting, Pfizer and their antidepressant sertraline/Zoloft published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.


6 thoughts on “Varenicline….Chantix/Champix, yet more side effects!

  1. The large fines against Pfizer hits them where they live — on the bottom line. Eventually when the losses exceed the profits they will stop flogging the losing products.

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    1. Julian, I used to think the fines might get it done too, but these companies have more money than God.

      I’m beginning to understand that it’s the fear of having more of their own internal documents made public when they lose in court that makes them fight so hard.

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  2. More on Chantix, with a 1st person interview of an American Vet who was poisoned with the stuff.

    http://psychroaches.blogspot.com/2008/08/people-are-just-dying-to-quit-smoking.html

    At 2:28 “I was mislead, lied to when I asked questions, and, ….. that’s how you treat a lab rat. You deceive a lab rat.”

    Sound familiar? They can’t get Any of these behavioral toxins into people without deceiving them.

    DSM-IV-TR Billing Code 292.0: Nicotine Withdrawal, as an ‘Incurable Mental Illness’

    Quit Smoking, be declared Incurably Insane, and then Driven Insane by the treatment.

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