Chantix, Suicide, and the Point of Prescription Drug Warnings

Quick poll: Think back to the last time you bought a prescription medication. Did you read any of the information about the drug printed on the papers inside the box? And if you did read it, did that stop you from taking the drug?

I can’t recall a time when I read any of that fine print, despite the fact that I’m fascinated by medicine and often write about it. I got thinking about the potency (or impotence) of these warnings this week while reading about a controversy surrounding Chantix, a drug that helps people quit smoking.

Chantix (Pfizer’s branded name for varenicline) works by stimulating nicotine ...

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