North Carolina Resident Files Chantix Suicide Lawsuit in Alabama MDL

Emma Gonzalez | May 18th, 2012

On May 3, 2012, North Carolina resident Rita Louise Norris filed a Chantix suicide lawsuit against Pfizer Inc., et al. Her Chantix lawyer alleges that Norris suffers from depression that led to serious injuries, including severe anxiety and attempted suicide. Plaintiff Norris joins the Chantix (varenicline) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2092) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Southern Division), and has adopted Master Short Form Complaint for Individual Claims.

Drug-brain interactions lead to Chantix suicide lawsuit claims

Chantix, a drug designed to help people quit smoking, targets the brain’s nicotine receptors and reduces the amount of dopamine released, thus diminishing the satisfaction normally derived from smoking. However, the drug’s interaction with a patient’s brain can also cause dopamine levels to plunge to such low levels as to cause depression. This side effect has led to hundreds of FDA reports filed by patients experiencing severe Chantix depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

Plaintiff is the alleged victim of Chantix depression

According to her complaint, Norris began taking Chantix in June 2007 – several months before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory in February 2008 regarding suicide as a side effect of the drug. Soon after beginning course of treatment with Chantix, Norris allegedly experienced serious injuries and damages, including serious anxiety, severe Chantix depression, erratic behavior, irritability, agitation, paranoia, suicidal ideation, and finally, a suicide attempt that required hospitalization.

Chantix lawyer charges Pfizer with gross negligence and fraud

With the help of her Chantix lawyer, the plaintiff adopted and incorporated by reference all common allegations from the Chantix MDL’s Master Consolidated Complaint. Norris claims negligence, negligence per se, design defect, failure to warn, breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment, gross negligence, unjust enrichment, and violations of state consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices acts. She requests global prayer for relief and tolling of limitation period, as well as punitive damages and other compensation for her injuries.