Andrew Case loved his family.
On Facebook he wrote:
I hate seeing my babies poorly, breaks my heart.
No clue of what was to follow came in one of his final entries, boasting that his little daughter, Bee:
… dances like an angel.
Shortly afterwards, Andrew, who was training to run a marathon to raise money for parents of special care babies, stabbed his wife in the neck. He smothered his two young children, and then hung himself.
Meanwhile, Mc Linden, a happily married man who had never suffered a mental illness previously, told his wife that was someone was trying to kill him.
He barricaded his house, and started keeping his shotguns with him at all times.
Finally, he left his house with his one of his guns.
He would never be seen alive again.
When his grieving wife telephoned America to inform relatives, she heard for the first time of the numerous suicide cases associated with drugs he had been taking.
The Suicide Drug
Like dozens of other suicides, both successful and attempted, these victims were taking Champix (US: Chantix).
Pfizer and the anti-smoking charities it funds continue to insist it is safe, and that the benefit of using the drug outweighs any danger.
I’ve also debated this with a scientist who says that is it no use giving individual examples.
Well, here’s some statistics:
- Chantix has been associated with more than 400 cases of violence
- Chantix has been assocated with more than 11,000 serious adverse effects.
- Chantix has been associated with 18 times the number of violent cases as one would have expected by chance.
- There are 200 lawsuits alleging family members committed suicide because of chantix, with another 1375 possible cases to follow
- Varenicline, the drug used in Chantix, accounted for 988 serious injuries reported to the FDA, more than any other single drug
Source: Tobacco Analysis Blog
Let’s bear in mind that these are just the cases that have been reported.
Visit any of numerous smoking forums and ask smokers for their experiences with Chantix and you will soon get dozens of replies detailing side effects. (Here’s one thread to get you started!)
I was particularly alarmed by comments on one blog post which suggested that mental problems caused by Chantix did not cease when the user stopped taking the drug – a comment which has since been confirmed by the FDA (see below).
Let’s give the suicide drugs to the mentally ill!
The anti-smoking lobby have long promoted the use of Chantix and Champix and other drugs using Varenicline.
That may be because many are funded, directly or indirectly, by the very companies who produce the drugs.
More alarmingly, some groups are now starting to recommend these drugs specifically for use with one of the most vulnerable groups of society, the mentally ill. That’s despite the fact that Pfizer itself excluded people with mental illnesses from its trials.
We’ve chronicled before how big pharm scientists have issued a press release ordering counsellors to take advantage of the trust they have built up with mentally ill patients to push Chantix.
Here’s an extract from their press release:
They [the study results] find if you TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNSELLOR and insert smoking cessation counseling into treatment that you enhance quit rates.
As we mentioned at the time, both scientists received funding from companies which manufacture smoking cessation drugs. One scientist, Dr George, had been paid money by Pfizer, Sepracor, Targacept, Sanofi-aventis, Prempharm, Glaxo-SmithKline, Eli Lilly, Janssen-Ortho, and Evotec.
The Science Behind Giving Suicide Drugs to the Mentally Ill
Here’s what they say to be exact:
Really? Because even the FDA states:
Chantix has been linked to serious neuro-psychiatric problems including changes in behaviour, agitation, depressed moods, suicidal ideation and suicide. The drug CAN CAUSE AN EXISTING PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS TO WORSEN or an old psychiatric illness to recur and the symptoms can recur even after the drug is discontinued.
Source: Big Brother Watch
But hang on, Ash Scotland have got the data to back their information up. They mention a study. The study took some tracking down (they link to the site but not the study), and strangely there is no abstract, forcing you to spend $32 on a one page pdf to get at the data, but surely we can trust ASH Scotland and researchers.
As ASH said there has been a study into Schizophrenia and varenicline (the drug in Champix/Chantix). Now let’s guess how many people would need to be tested to test the safety of the drug with patients. 40,000 people were followed over several decades to find the connection between smoking and lung cancer, but ASH Scotland does say this is a small study. Perhaps just a few hundred subjects:
That’s right – FOUR people!
I am no expert on Epidemiology (I will be asking Professor Carl Phillips, who is an expert, to analyse the study), but I would argue 4 subjects do not provide enough of an evidence base to risk people’s sanity and lives.
(Incidentally, although no-one tried to top themselves, there were plenty of side effects reported. 2 reported constipation, 3 reported insomnia, and 3 wanted to puke. Not bad going for a study of 4 people).
Given that ASH is funded to a large extent by your and my taxes (hardly any of the funding for this ‘charity’ comes from donations),
…I think schizophrenics could be forgiven for thinking everyone was out to get them – they might even be right!
I would also argue there is a serious cause for pulling NHS, lottery and government funding for an organisation which puts out these crackpot and dangerous suggestions and advice.
Have you had any bad experiences with Chantix? Please let me know about them in the comments below!