Pfizer Faces Three Separate Lawsuits Over Chantix

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 5:30am PST

According to an article on ClaimsJournal.com, three separate personal injury lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical company that created the Chantix, the smoking cessation drug designed to help people quit smoking.

The lawsuits all claim that Chantix led to attempted suicide and death, and that at the time the plaintiffs were taking Chantix, Pfizer never told doctors or consumers about the dangers associated with the drug, which includes depression and thoughts of suicide. The plaintiffs also argued that Pfizer knew about these risks, but never informed doctors or patients.

Chantix did add warning labels to its packaging, but the attorney representing all three plaintiffs said it was not enough, arguing that Pfizer "intentionally, recklessly, and/or negligently concealed, suppressed, omitted, and/or misrepresented the risks, dangers, defects, and disadvantages" of the drug.

Two of the plaintiffs claim they tried to commit suicide after taking Chantix. The third is a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Annette Pine, who killed herself after using the drug. The article on ClaimsJournal.com does not say how long Pine was using the drug before she committed suicide.

The lawsuit, which claims that each plaintiff used the drug properly, is seeking both punitive and compensatory damages, medical and legal expenses, and funeral expenses for Pine.

In defending itself, Pfizer issued the following statement: "At all times, Pfizer has clearly communicated important information about the safe use of Chantix, which is available only with prescription."

Contact a NC Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved is suffering from depression or has committed suicide as a result of using Chantix, please contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. right away. An experienced North Carolina personal injury lawyer at the firm can review the facts of your case to determine whether or not you have a valid claim. If your claim is valid, we can help you file a lawsuit against Pfizer for the largest possible settlement.

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