Monthly Archives: July 2009

U.S. orders suicide warnings on two anti-smoking drugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Wednesday ordered Pfizer Inc and GlaxoSmithKline PLC to add strong "black box" warnings on their anti-smoking drugs to highlight the risk of serious mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts.

 The warnings, which must be added to Pfizer’s Chantix and Glaxo’s Zyban, follow more than five thousand reports of depression, hostility and other behavioral changes, the Food and Drug Administration said.

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