Scope of potential Chantix lawsuit investigations expanded
Following a report released last month by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which outlined a number of different problems associated with Chantix, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are expanding the scope of potential cases they are reviewing for users of the anti-smoking medication. Initially Chantix lawsuits were only being investigated for suicides and suicide attempts. However, based on new research that provides a compelling association with other serious and life-threatening injuries, additional cases are now being considered.
>>INFORMATION: Chantix Lawsuits
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is a non-profit group that monitors FDA adverse event reports on a quarterly basis. During the 4th quarter of 2007, the FDA received 988 adverse event reports involving serious injuries associated with Chantix, which is more than any other medication during the time period.
This raised serious concerns, since the median average for 769 different drugs who had adverse events reported to the FDA during the quarter, was only 5 reports of serious injuries per drug. In addition, only 35 other drugs had more than 100 adverse events reported, and they included drugs like fentanyl, interferon beta, oxycodone, etanercept and other drugs intended for serious illnesses, where the benefits are weighed against known risks typically contained in “black box” warnings.
Based on the way Chantix side effects alter the function of neuroreceptors in the brain, which are responsible for performing many functions throughout the body, the adverse events reported could be caused by the drug. Potential Chantix lawsuits are now being evaluated for:
- Suicide or Suicide Attempt resulting in death or severe physical injury
- Diabetes diagnosis for the first time
- Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrom (TENS), which are severe skin reactions caused as a medication side effect
- Accidents and Falls resulting in severe physical injury that were caused by seizures, black outs, vision disturbances or other sudden medical problems
If you, a friend or family member have suffered problems which could be associated with Chantix side effects, compensation may be available through a Chantix lawsuit. Review the legal rights which may be available by requesting a free consultation and claim evaluation.