CBS News reports on Heparin, Chantix deaths

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As reported by CBS News, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices says that deaths linked to prescription medications, such as Chantix and Heparin, have hit an all-time high. Here’s the report by Sharyl Attkisson:

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    440,000 people a year die from smoking related diseases. 1000 die from smoking related fire

    deaths. The cost of smoking throughout a lifetime is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    The quality of life of a smoker is greatly diminished. The alternative treatments to CHANTIX probably should be tried first by most smokers but have a very low success rate. Smokers who want to quit should not have CHANTIX taken away as a means of quitting.

  • donna davenport says:

    On September 15, 2008, I found my only child, age 32, dead in her bed. Danielle was totally disabled by mental illnesses for about 12 years. Going along with mental illnesses, Dani drank and did drugs, finally she hit rock bottom. On March 11, 2008, my husband (Danielle’s stepfather) and I drove from Tecumseh, KS to Huntington, WV and picked her up to bring her home. She had agreed to our rules, which really were not many – having a saving account, learning to cook and shop for the best buys, house hold chores, etc. I had set up for her to receive mental health treatment in Topeka. KS with a facility named Valeo. They did wonders for her – counseling, case manager and medication’s. The State of Kansas (SRS) assigned a primary doctor to her, Dr. Norris. I took her to all of her appointments, due to her fear of driving. Three (3) times went to Dr. Norris’s office – NEVER saw the doctor. She saw two (2) different ARNP’s. The office had all of her medications listed in her chart – the med.’s included but were not limited to:
    Risperdal 1 mg twice a day
    Zolpidem 10 mg per day
    Doxepin 150 mg per day
    Clonazepam 1 mg – twice a day
    Depakote Er 500 mg tablets x 3 at bedtime
    Danielle was doing really well, doing chores, playing with our pets, taking vitamins, was clean and sober. Then she wanted to quit smoking – one of the ARPN’s wrote not one but two prescriptions for Chantix, one was a starter 0.5 and 1.0 mg and the other was all 1.0 mg. The first box(starter pak) has two (2) full cards with 14 tablets each of 1.0 mg still sealed. The second box has three (3) full cards with 14 tablets each of 1.0 mg still sealed.
    Danielle was never told about any possible side effects, nor was I. I have filed a complaint against the doctor with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and the ARNP with the Nursing Board.
    On September 7, 2008, she had talked her only friend out of suicide. Including in her obituary are two (2) poems, RECOVERY was written on September 11, 2008. It was the Sunday after Dani’s death that I saw the commercial “The Tortoise and The Hare.” I called our local Coroner and raised my concerns. He called me back the next day after calling four (4) different labs of which none of them checked for Varenicline. I suppose I am writing to you to vent, share and get the word out that Pfizer is killing people and making a lot of money doing it.
    Here is the link to my daughter’s obituary, if you want to read her poem.

    Thank you for your time.

    Donna Davenport
    (childless mother)

  • ronnieshults4 says:

    If you think the effects of chantix are short lived think again. I took chantix over four years ago and still having problems including suicidal thoughts. Thanks, my name is ronnie

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