FDA Safety Review Finds Small, Nonsignificant Increased Risk With Chantix (Varenicline)

The FDA today updated its safety review of the smoking cessation drug varenicline (Chantix, Pfizer). A large meta-analysis, which the FDA had required Pfizer to perform, found a higher rate of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients taking varenicline than in patients taking placebo. However, the increase in risk was very small and did not achieve statistical…

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No Surprise: Smoking and Sudden Cardiac Death Closely Tied

Although cigarette smoking has long been linked to cardiovascular (CV) disease and sudden cardiac death (SCD),  the precise contribution of smoking, and the effect of smoking discontinuation, on SCD has not been clear. Now a new report from the Nurses’ Health Study published in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology provides new clarity about the relationship between smoking…

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The Research Agrees: Smoking Is Really Bad For You

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Four new studies offer powerful evidence of the dangers of smoking and the health benefits of quitting or not being exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoking in the UK– Between 1996 amd 2001 the Million Women Study started following more than one million women aged 50 to 65 years of age. In  a report published in…

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