Study Boosts Prospects for Pfizer's Chantix

On Thursday, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE  ) announced the results of a study of the safety and effectiveness of its Chantix smoking-cessation drug on relapsed smokers. The prognosis was good.

Over the course of 12 weeks of treatment, smokers who had used Chantix before and failed to quit, or had quit but subsequently relapsed, were found to benefit from Chantix at "efficacy rates ... consistent with findings seen in other Chantix clinical trials in smokes who had not been previously treated with Chantix."

Translation: It works just as well the second time around.

Safety and tolerability of the drug were similarly found to be "consistent with previous studies," with the most commonly reported side effects being nausea, abnormal dreams, and headaches.

Summarizing the findings, Pfizer senior vice president and medicines development group head Dr. Steven J. Romano was quoted as saying: "These new data show that, for some adult smokers who had previously taken CHANTIX but either did not quit smoking or relapsed after quitting, another quit attempt with CHANTIX may be fruitful."

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  • Report this Comment On January 25, 2013, at 1:06 PM, SPUTE01 wrote:

    ...omg....noooo....please don't buy into their lies!!! A Chantix recall is sooo overdue....and these unconscienable people have the

    ba _l s...to continue to PUSH this drug onto unsuspecting, innocent people...looking to quit smoking!!!!!!!

    There's a reason thousands of Chantix lawsuits are filed in an Alabama court!!!! The world didn't ban together to try and make Pfizer look bad!!!!!!! There's no conspiracy here, folks!!

    DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK/RESEARCH ON THIS DRUG!!!!!!! IT'S BAD AND IT'S SCARY AND UNPREDICTABLE!!!!!!! READ THE FORUMS!!!!! PEOPLE DIDN'T MAKE THESE STORIES UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I speak from experience...took two complete regimens of Chantix in '07. Endured two, long hospital stays plus a psyche unit in '08. This drug is for REAL!!!! The side effects are DISTURBINGLY REAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    We all took this drug in good faith.!!!!..WE WERE LIED TO!!!!!!!! SAVE YOURSELF A FAST, HARD, RIDE TO HELL!!!! I, along w/others...wasn't looking for trouble...I just wanted to quit smoking....

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