Peggy Gargis of Reuters reports that over 1,200 lawsuits against Pfizer over its drug Chantix will be centralized in federal court, in the Northern District of Alabama.
Chantix is a drug touted to help people stop smoking. The lawsuits allege that Chantix leads to depression and suicide, and that the drug was put on the market without adequate warnings. The drug was apparently not tested in patients with mental conditions. As a result, thousands of users have died or have been seriously injured.
Pfizer defends its drug, claiming that it acted responsibly and that no reliable scientific evidence supports the plaintiffs' claims. Pfizer has added warnings to the drug's package insert.