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Petition asks FDA to add stronger warnings for psychosis on motion sickness patch

A Washington man says the transdermal motion sickness patch scopolamine made him psychotic. At the age of 40, Dave Maeder suffered a severe stroke at the back of his skull. His doctors expected him to make a full recovery. So, Maeder devoted himself to regular rehab appointments. But his injury made him so nauseated that his doctors prescribed the scopolamine patch. At first, the treatment seemed to work. But then Maeder said he began to feel funny. “My head started to feel really full all the time. Then my balance would go. And then the nausea started coming back too.” Weeks later ... Read More

North Carolina woman says prescription drug-induced psychosis led husband to kill daughters

The moment Kim Crespi of Charlotte, N.C., heard that her husband David had stabbed their 5-year-old twin daughters to death, she knew that the real culprit behind the horrific act wasn’t her spouse but a cocktail of prescription drugs, including Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs – a form of antidepressants. According to Charlotte’s WBTV, David Crespi, a Charlotte-area banker, called 911 on the morning of Jan. 20, 2006 to report that he had just killed his own daughters. Mr. Crespi was arrested and ultimately took a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. He is now serving two life ... Read More

New warnings added to Chantix label include cardiovascular events, psychiatric symptoms

The safety label for the smoking cessation drug Chantix (varenicline) has been updated to include new warnings about cardiovascular risks. The warning is based on a large, combined analysis of clinical trials that showed more serious cardiovascular events occurred in people who were taking Chantix. The report was released late last year by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which added that the risks were uncommon in both the Chantix and placebo groups, and that it is difficult to determine whether the excess risk of serious heart events among patients taking Chantix was due to the drug or simply chance. ... Read More

Support group says Chantix ads conceal important information

WhyQuit, an organization that advocates quitting smoking using the cold turkey method, recently published an article that takes Pfizer to task over its latest Chantix ads. The group claims that the pharmaceutical company’s new television commercials hide information from the viewer – information that, if known, would likely dissuade most smokers from using the drug as a smoking cessation aid. WhyQuit reports that in surveys and scientific studies, more people were found to have successfully quit smoking long term using the cold turkey method than nicotine replacement therapies (NRT). NRT delivers smokeless nicotine to the user through chewing gum, lozenges, ... Read More

Family of musician killed in Chantix rage sues Pfizer

The family of musician Carter Albrecht has filed a lawsuit in a Dallas federal court against Chantix manufacturer Pfizer Inc. Ken and Judy Albrecht allege that the drug manufacturer is responsible for the musician’s death in 2007 because it marketed Chantix, which Carter had been taking at the time of his death, while knowing it to be unsafe. Carter, who played keyboard and guitar for Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s neighbor in the predawn hours of September 3, 2007. According to Ryann Rathbone, Albrecht’s girlfriend at the time, the two had spent ... Read More

FDA approves stronger, expanded warnings on Chantix labeling

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the new labeling for Chantix packaging. In July, we reported that the agency said it would require stronger warnings on all Chantix labeling, as well as packaging for other smoking cessation drugs Wellbutrin and Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride). All of the drugs have been linked to serious behavioral changes and other symptoms. The new boxed warning on Chantix labeling will read: “Serious neuropsychiatric events, including, but not limited to depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt and completed suicide have been reported in patients taking Chantix.” Revised warnings state that neuropsychiatric symptoms and suicidality have been found ... Read More