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Chantix Named In Violent Crime Cases

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The cases of two violent crimes committed in Vermont have been impacted by the side effects of the prescription drug Chantix and challenge the drugs availability on the market.

In the first case, where Kenneth Heath shot and killed his mother, the Essex County State’s Attorney said that Health would probably have been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the case, and was offered a plea deal of manslaughter because Health should never have been prescribed Chantix because of his family’s history of mental illness. Investigations around the case found that those who knew Health said that he began to act irrational after he began taking the anti-smoking drug.

The most current case involves a woman named Christine Bills, who murdered her husband by driving her car into a tree while he slept in the passenger seat. WCAX.com reported that Dr. Theodore Marcy of the UVM College of Medicine said that there “have been post-marketing reports of neuro-psychiatric side effects, agitation, depression, changes in behavior, but it is very hard to know whether that is caused by the drug or related to stopping smoking itself because nicotine withdrawal can do that.”

Since Chantix hit the market in 2006, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the drug. The judge in the Bills case has ordered the woman to undergo a mental evaluation in an attempt to determine her state of mind at the time of the murder.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Chantix Named In Violent Crime Cases was posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 8:33 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Uncategorized.

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