Posts Tagged "Chantix"

Chantix, Quit-Smoking Drug, Poses Heart Risks

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 in Health & Wellness

Pfizer’s stop-smoking drug Chantix can lead to a small increase in cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks for patients who already have cardiovascular disease, U.S. drug regulators said on Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration is changing the label for Chantix after reviewing the results of a clinical trial. An independent randomized trial of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were treated with Chantix or a placebo showed that Chantix was effective in helping patients quit smoking for as long as one year. However, patients who took the pill were also slightly more...

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Reports of serious drug reactions set a record

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

FDA got 21,000 accounts, including 4,800 deaths in first 3 months of 2008The number of serious drug reactions and deaths reported to the government shot up in the first three months of this year to set a new record, a health industry watchdog group said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration received nearly 21,000 reports of serious drug reactions, including more than 4,800 deaths, said an analysis of federal data by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, known as ISMP. Two drugs accounted for a large share of the latest reports. One was heparin, the tainted blood thinner from...

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