Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I thought pilots were not supposed to take Champix

Champix suicide: Pfizer sued

Article By: Thato Motaung, EWN
A woman who believes her father’s suicide was directly linked to him using smoking cessation drug, Champix, on Wednesday told 567 CapeTalk that she and her family were in the process of taking legal action against pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

South African Air Force pilot lieutenant-colonel Gavin Willard (54) shot himself dead last year October, less than six months after he started using Champix, which US researches have directly linked to psychiatric problems and aggression.

His daughter Kerrie told 567 CapeTalk that they were considering suing drug manufacturing company Pfizer because her father decided to take Champix “with the intention of living a healthier, longer life”.

She said the drug was recommended to her father because his arteries were not looking well.

Gavin was not prone to depression before using Champix, said Kerrie, adding that he was a “stable” man who lived a good and financially sound life.

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