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Man’s Chantix Lawsuit Joins MDL

Russell Weber of Minnesota filed his Chantix claim against the manufacturer, Pfizer in October 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. This is the Southern Division.

The plaintiff used the Master Short Form Complaint and decided to file the lawsuit in Alabama instead of Minnesota in order to take part in what is called a “multidistrict litigation,” or MDL, case. This was the chosen route because the pretrial processes of a number of Chantix lawsuits are combined so that the legal process can move forward more quickly.

In his dangerous drug lawsuit, Weber claims that he began the smoking cessation drug in 2008. He alleges that the medication caused him to suffer from paranoia, aggression, anxiety, and vivid dreams. These are side effects that are commonly referred to by Chantix plaintiffs. An additional side effect that has been reported in connection with the drug is attempted suicide or thoughts of suicide.

Research has shown that Chantix can have some rather significant psychological effects because it blocks dopamine activation in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that contributes to smoking addiction, but it also helps regulate the brain in the way of depression and serious mental health issues. In other words, it is a “happy chemical” within the brain.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had required Pfizer to place a black-box warning on the drug because of the suicide rate and the number of serious risks. There was one period of 18 months that Pfizer had received nearly 300 suicide and depression reports in connection with Chantix use. This is why they issued the black-box warning, which is the most serious warning that can be issued by the FDA without having to declare a mandatory recall.

The lawsuits that have been filed against Pfizer are filed in order to try and receive monetary compensation that can cover lost wages, medical bills, and other costs that are associated with the side effects patients have experienced while taking Chantix. Family members who have lost loved ones to suicide after taking Chantix have also filed lawsuits against the drug maker.

If you have consumed Chantix and suffered serious side effects, we encourage you to contact a personal injury lawyer in Bloomington, MN at TSR Injury Law today. We charge no upfront fees if we take on your case and are ready to help you today.

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