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Chantix Cancer Risk

According to the CDC, smoking kills over 480,000 Americans each year. 1 in every 5 deaths is smoking-related. Smoking cessation products, like Chantix, provide a way for smokers to quit smoking. But, is Chantix safe? Is there a Chantix cancer risk? Here is the information you need to know if you have used Chantix to help you quit smoking.

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Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a serious addiction with serious risks. Some smokers find themselves desperate to quit. Many smokers that want to quit will try a variety of methods. Additionally, the smoking cessation product industry is big business. Products like Chantix can help, but are they safe?

What Is Chantix?

Chantix was first made available to the public in 2006 by Pfizer after years of trials and tests. Varenicline is the actual drug name, Chantix is a brand name. Chantix is a prescription smoking cessation drug aimed to help smokers kick the habit.

Part Of A Smoking Cessation Plan

Chantix is intended to be used as part of a plan with the support of a counselor. There is a slew of side effects, yet the makers continued offering the drug. Doctors and patients are supposed to weigh the benefits and risks of using Chantix based on the possible side effects. However, doctors and patients weren’t warned about the increased possibility of cancer.

Chantix Causes Cancer

In July of 2021, Pfizer issued a voluntary recall of a small batch of Chantix products. Testing found Chantix contains high levels of carcinogens. In August of 2021, Pfizer expanded the recall to include all Chantix .5mg and 1mg tablets.

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NDMA In Chantix

N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing contaminant, was detected at harmful levels. The Chantix manufacturer stated that the halt in production was “ordered out of an abundance of caution while further testing [was] is conducted.”

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Chantix Still Available

The FDA later stated that patients should continue to take the medication, despite the increased cancer risk. Officials consider the benefits of quitting smoking outweigh the risk of developing cancer. However, patients were not made aware.

Failure To Warn Of Serious Side Effects

Pfizer failed to warn users of the serious side effects associated with taking Chantix. For some time, people taking Chantix were exposed to dangerous levels of NDMA. This exposure can lead to specific types of cancer.

Chantix Cancer Lawsuits

Patients that develop a cancer related to Chantix use can file a claim for compensation. In the event a loved one died of cancer caused by Chantix, the family can file a claim on their behalf.

Do You Have a Lawsuit?

If you have experienced harrowing side effects from using Chantix, you may have a lawsuit. Contact an attorney for help understanding how an injury lawyer might be able to help.

Haggerty & Silverman

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