This morning we did back-to-back interviews on "Squawk Box" with the author of theNew York Magazine article about his experience on the smoking cessation drug Chantixand a Pfizer exec to respond to it. You can watch the segment in the video clip.
Their comments and those of one of my colleagues, which you can watch in the clip, touched a nerve. Here's just a sample of the viewer emails that poured in this morning.
Dr. Eddie Moran writes: "I am a physician who quit smoking 5 years ago using the patch. I have known at least half a dozen people who have had temporary but significant mental disturbances while using Chantix. These symptoms all resolved within 24 hours of stopping the drug. I understand this is anecdotal and not scientific."
Bob Markson calls my interview "lousy" and says, "...I have three employee's (sic) who used Chantix last year and the results are fabulous, they feel so much better and look great. They also never had any of the side effects the person in the interview talked about...."
Charles Tonkin from Marysville, OH emails: "I used Chantix for about 2 months, stopped it on Jan.5, '08, and am still having symptoms. The oft-cited depression and vivid dreams began when I first started taking it, but most of my symptoms didn't begin until after I'd stopped."
Randy Cox writes: "...Chantix was the ONLY (his emphasis) prescription that worked for me. After 30 years of chewing tobacco it not only helped me stop, but I have NOT (again, his caps) used for at least a year and a half!!!!"