Drug Used to Help People Stop Smoking May Cause Suicide
June 13, 2011
A crucial government safety review neglected to include hundreds of reports of suicides and psychotic reactions tied to the stop-smoking drug Chantix because Pfizer submitted years of data through “improper channels.” The information reveals, among other things, that the number of suicides connected to the drug are more than twice what had been previously believed.
Pfizer mixed reports of serious problems among 26,000 records of non-serious side effects such as nausea and rashes.
According to MSNBC:
“Pfizer officials said ... there's no proof that Chantix causes suicide or other serious side effects ... In the third quarter of 2010, [Chantix] ranked first in reported deaths, with twice as many fatalities logged as any other drug”.