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South Carolina Attorney Says Legal Options Still Available To Those Harmed By Chantix
Date:2/11/2010

Bert Louthian, a lawyer with the Louthian Law Firm in Columbia, S.C., says developments in lawsuits pending against a Pfizer anti-smoking drug don’t mean other consumers who have been harmed cannot seek justice.

Columbia, South Carolina (PRWEB) February 11, 2010 -- The anti-smoking patch Chantix continues to generate lawsuits from users who allege they have suffered serious harm from the drug. Federal lawsuits against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of Chantix, are moving forward, but that does not mean those who are not joined to existing litigation cannot seek justice if they have been harmed, says Columbia, S.C. lawyer Bert Louthian.

“Lawsuits against Chantix are in the litigation phase, but no one who believes they have been harmed by this product should feel like they have missed the boat,” said Louthian, of the Louthian Law Firm in Columbia, S.C. “Anyone who has been harmed by this powerful drug is within their rights to seek justice through the courts.”

Chantix, approved as a prescription drug by the federal Food and Drug Administration in May 2006, has been associated with side effects that include depression and suicidal thoughts. Those problems prompted the FDA to seek a "Black Box" warning for Chantix. That warning is required for drugs that pose a serious threat of significant or life-threatening side effects.

"There have been reports of depression, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, homicidal ideation, aggression, hostility, anxiety, and panic, as well as suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide in patients attempting to quit smoking while taking Chantix," the FDA states on its Website.

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