Chantix suicide warning strengthened by Pfizer
Pfizer indicated late last week that they are going to update the Chantix warning label. Information will be placed more prominently which suggests that doctors should monitor users of the drug for signs of suicidal thoughts and suicidal behavior. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Chantix lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have committed suicide or suffered serious injury as a result of unusual behavior caused by the antismoking medication.
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Although the exact language of the warning has not yet been confirmed by the FDA, it does not appear from Pfizer’s statement that they are intending to place the information in a “black box” warning. A “black box” warning is the strongest type of warning that can be placed on a prescription drug. Many believe that the serious risk of injury or death which could be caused by the medication’s side effects justify a prominent “black box” to ensure that users and the medical community are properly informed of the dangers.
In November 2007, Pfizer added some information to the drug’s label about possible Chantix suicide risks, but that information was vague and placed in a less prominent section of the drug’s label. The update was only made after the FDA indicated that they were going to review reports received about suicides associated with the drug, and many believe that Pfizer has been hesitant to provide adequate Chantix warnings since they are relying on the continued growth of sales for their new drug.
Chantix has been prescribed to more than 5 million people since it was introduced in May 2006. It has become one of the best selling drugs for Pfizer, and it is one of the few bright spots in their drug pipeline. Despite their knowledge about the increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts, Pfizer has heavily marketed the drug without placing adequate warnings about the possible side effects.
It is important for individuals to be fully advised of all side effects associated with a drug so that they can make an informed decision about whether they are willing to accept those risks in exchange for the potential benefits the drug may offer. If the Chantix suicide warning had been prominently offered earlier, many serious and fatal injuries could have been prevented by doctors monitoring for signs of unusual or suicidal behavior.
Last month we posted information about the Chantix suicide side effects on our Legal News and Updates Blog. Over the past thirty days, we have been contacted by many people who are interested in pursuing a Chantix lawsuit as a result of an injury or death which could be related to use of the drug. In addition, many Chantix users who have not suffered a physical injury have posted comments about their experiences with suicidal thoughts and unusual behavior.
If you, a friend or family member have suffered a serious physical injury or death as a result of unusual behavior or suicide while taking Chantix, request a free consultation and claim evaluation