Chantix Problems Draw Humorous SNL Parody
Last weekend, Saturday Night Live featured a humorous take on the dangerous and potentially deadly side effects of Chantix, a heavily promoted stop-smoking drug that has been linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and unusually aggressive behavior.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing a Chantix lawsuit against Pfizer as a result of their failure to adequately warn about the risk of suicide and aggressive behavior.
Since our law firm started handling these cases in late 2007, Pfizer has made a number of changes to the drug label and to the warnings that accompany their direct-to-consumer television advertisements. While the current warnings are not as outrageous as those featured in this parody (no you will not get “Jazz Hands”), the Saturday Night Live “commercial” does highlight the outrageous risk that is associated with this prescription medication.
Chantix (varenicline tartrate) is a Pfizer drug that was approved in May 2006 to aid people trying to quit smoking. The drug is not a nicotine replacement product, but rather acts on the brain to diminish the desire to smoke. However, it appears that Pfizer failed to adequately research or study their medication before introducing it and failed to properly warn about the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening Chantix problems.
Setting aside the humor of the SNL Chantix “commercial”, the problems with Chantix are very real and have impacted hundreds of people throughout the United States. The drug has regularly been one of the medications with the most adverse event reports to the FDA’s MedWatch reporting system and it has been linked to more than 400 reported incidence of violence over a five year period, which is more than double the number of instances linked to any other drug on the market in the U.S.
LAWSUITS FOR PROBLEMS WITH CHANTIX
The Chantix lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review potential claims involving death or serious injury that may have been caused by the use of the stop smoking drug. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and case evaluation.