South Carolina Attorney Says Legal Options Still Available To Those Harmed By Chantix

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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.

Bert Louthian

Anyone who has been harmed by this powerful drug is within their rights to seek justice through the courts.

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.

Other side effects caused by the drug, such as blackouts and loss of consciousness, have been linked to car accidents and falls, according to the FDA.

"In some cases, the patients reported somnolence, dizziness, loss of consciousness or difficulty concentrating that resulted in impairment, or concern about potential impairment, in driving or operating machinery," the FDA reports.

The number of federal lawsuits filed against Chantix is so numerous that in October the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all of them before a single judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. On February 2, U.S. District Judge Inge Prytz Johnson handed down several orders in the case, In Re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2092), pertaining to administration of the lawsuits as they move through pretrial motions.

In January, Reuters reported three more personal injury lawsuits had been filed against Pfizer Inc., alleging the smoking-cessation drug caused attempted suicides and death.

The Louthian Law Firm continues to investigate cases of injuries caused by Chantix and to assist those who have been harmed. If you or a loved one believes you have been harmed by your use of Chantix, contact the Louthian Law Firm today through the firm’s Web site or by telephone at 1-866-410-5656.

About The Louthian Law Firm

The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., of Columbia, South Carolina, has been obtaining fair compensation for personal injury victims since 1959. The firm was founded by Herbert Louthian, who has nearly 50 years of trial experience and is licensed to practice in all courts in South Carolina. The Louthian Law Firm focuses on personal injury cases involving medical malpractice; car, truck and motorcycle accidents; and other serious and catastrophic injuries throughout South Carolina.

For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact the firm by phone at 866-410-5656 or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.louthianlaw.com/.

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