Dangerous prescription-only drug available over the counter in Spain - (The Olive Press via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The anti-smoking drug, Champix, which has been linked to an increased risk of suicide and is only available by prescription, is being openly sold over the counter in Andalucia, The Olive Press reported.
  • The drug, which is made by Pfizer, has been associated with 227 suicide attempts worldwide between May 2006 and December 2007, as well as 41 mentions of homicidal thoughts and 60 cases of paranoia.
  • A Pfizer spokeswoman dismissed the claims that the drug caused suicidal tendencies and insisted that the FDA believes that “the drug’s benefits outweigh the risks.”
  • However she admitted that a deeper study to evaluate the safety of the medicine in patients with depression is currently underway and results are expected in late 2012.

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