Pfizer Settling Chantix Lawsuits


Pfizer is in the final stages of settling 660 lawsuits filed between 2009 and 2012 by people who complained of of psychological problems, including suicides or suicide attempts. Presiding judge Inge Johnson said evidence showed Pfizer  knew Chantix could cause neuropsychiatric injuries, but designed studies to exclude those with prior conditions that made them vulnerable, and with statistical significance cutoffs just above the point at which adverse reactions would be seen.

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Of further interest:
Pfizer Resolves 700 Suits In Chantix Depression MDL (Law 360)
Pfizer, Merck, J&J all close books on some lawsuits (Fierce Pharma)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].