Pharmaceutical

Charge dropped due to Chantix use

A man who disrupted a Thanksgiving Day flight and forced an emergency landing has been let off the hook for federal charges after a judge determined the man was emotionally disturbed as a result of taking the stop-smoking drug Chantix, according to an Associated Press report. The man, Andrew James Smith, 25, of California, was prescribed the drug a few weeks before the flight.

Factoring into the decision was the fact that Smith did not have any prior record of criminal activity or psychiatric disorders, the AP report says.

This incident is the latest in a crop of reports that Chantix is responsible for serious psychiatric problems, including depression, suicidal thoughts, suicide, and aggressive behavior. On Feb. 1, the FDA issued a public advisory about the possibility for these adverse serious side effects.