By Chris Holmes
*Update: If you or a loved one has suffered a bad reaction to Champix and you are based in the U.K., you can report it to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) here. The more people do that the clearer the true picture will become. Protect others! Report it.*
Just before I get onto this post, here’s the latest Champix review from Kara: “I have been on champix for only 6 days now, and in my opinion that is 6 days too long. I have had, in this time alone a ridiculous change in my mental state. Never had problems besides some depression in my early 20′s, and I feel like I’ve changed in just one week! I am constantly agitated, irritable and angry ALL of the time. Something happened the other day that made me question this drug; something so out of character it scared me! I got in to an argument with my sister’s husband, and literally snapped! I struck him with a leather strap 3 times, so hard it left bruises! He just stood there stunned, and all I could think was that I wanted to kill him! He was stunned because it was like a TOTALLY different person! I was shocked at myself, and scared; I totally lost control, and I attribute it FULLY to this drug! I’m a very happy person normally.
The other thing is I can’t stop eating! I go to the gym 5 times a week, and am generally very healthy (besides the smoking), but I haven’t been able to stop eating the past 5 days!!!
Today was my last day on this evil drug. NO MORE!”
The phrase “totally out of character” just keeps cropping up again and again with this drug, doesn’t it? And what if there had been a knife to hand – or a firearm? “…all I could think was that I wanted to kill him!” Ladies and gentlefolk, that is NOT caused by just needing a ciggie. And that’s after just six days on the drug. Whew! That’s scary.
Back in 2008, I was contributing information about The Evil Champix and to a website called Australian Women Online and Tim Wilkinson posted several times about his own horrible experience with the drug. This week he posted this message on Truth Will Out:
I left a post on the Womens site on Champix in 2008, I have done extensive research into the drug and also how it was tested, how it was given the ‘all clear’ in Australia and the rules and regulations that govern its perscription.
I have received a number of emails that detail the horror stories of people who have taken Champix with adverse results.
I have also extensively researched the possible legal action that could be taken against Pfizer.
Pfizer will tie up any legal action against them in the courts for years, this will also be dependent on individuals’ medical records, if they can tie up a country (Nigeria) in the international courts for more than a decade…
I have found a legal recourse against them that is foolproof and will scare them to death! If you or anyone close to you has been badly affected by Champix (Chantix in the U.S.) please contact me at [email protected]
If you are not from Australia please put your country of origin in the subject line of your message.”
So I sent Tim the following reply:
“Hi Tim, thanks for your latest message! At first I reproduced it on all the Champix posts on Truth Will Out, but then took out the email address immediately as I thought I had better check with you before publicising that quite so broadly. I wasn’t sure if you meant that I should contact you, or anyone who thought they’d been injured by Champix.
Call me paranoid, but I think it would be a good idea to keep the details of the legal recourse you have discovered out of this email exchange, at least for the time being. So, is it okay for me to provide a link on the various Champix pages of the site so that other sufferers can contact you directly? I really hope you’ve found a way to hit Pfizer where it hurts, they certainly deserve it.
This was Tim’s response, and it rather looks as though he means business:
Please post my address as many times as you wish, from my original post to now I have been sent and heard dozens of horror stories that has surprised me as to not only the commonness of adverse reactions to Champix but also the overwhelmingly similar symptoms that people have had.
I now think that the time has come to take action!
Getting recourse from Pfizer will not take away the pain that people have endured but it will go a very long way to helping people know/understand that they are not alone, and what they went through has nothing to do with strength of character nor more importantly the state of their mental health.
If there was a drug on the market that caused some users to lose their right leg it would be withdrawn immediately. Because Champix affects your inner core and for that reason its effects are invisible, the symptoms are explained away as a mental issue. In terms of the pharmaceutical industry it is the perfect cover for a drug that is subsidized and earning its maker billions of dollars in revenue.
I invite all those who have an adverse experience with Champix (including loved ones and friends of victims) to contact me via email so that I can collate information with the view to setting up meetings in Australia. I ask that any outside of Aus keep themselves posted or contact me with the subject line being their location.
I can make no promises as to the outcome, ‘but better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all’!
We’re not going to fail, Tim. Already the French Health Minister has stopped using public money to fund Champix on safety grounds, and that’s just the start. I only wish we could get Champix (Chantix in the U.S.) banned today, so that no-one else has to die, or suffer like you did, but unfortunately – thanks to Pfizer’s lies and deception about the true extent of the dangers that have already occurred – there will be more, because Pfizer will not withdraw this killer drug until they are FORCED to do so. So let’s get on with it, eh? More and more influencial voices are calling for Champix/Chantix to be banned, we are certainly not on our own in this.
***Update, 31st August 2011: Since this email exchange I have tried on several occasions to contact Tim, and have been unable to do so. Since all these attempts were in the latter half of August, this may mean nothing at all – he may be on holiday, or similarly indisposed. If anyone has tried to contact Tim during the past six weeks and has had similar difficulties, please let me know via the Truth Will Out Contact Page. I’ll keep trying and keep you posted here.
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