Pfizer Failed to Test Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix on Mentally Ill

Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical giant that makes the smoking cessation drug Chantix, failed to test the drug on the mentally ill or those with a recent history of depression, according to a new report by Fairwarning.org. Chantix, which helps smokers quit by suppressing the effects of nicotine on the brain, has been linked to suicidal behavior and other psychotic problems. By mid-2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had received reports of nearly 100 suicides and 200 attempted suicides linked to Chantix.

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