"Reports of Serious Drug Reactions Hit Record"
Seems that the watchdog group, Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported recently that the FDA received 21,000 reports of serious drug reactions, including over 4,800 deaths in just the last 4 years. Yikes.
Chantix - an aid to quit smoking - and heparin - a blood thinner - were the main culprits.
An interesting statistic within the statistic: Within the last year, a man who was reportedly taking Chantix to aid in his smoking cessation tried to break into his neighbor's home in the middle of the night. His neighbor, not finding the folly in this event and not knowing - or caring - who was prying his door open, fired several gunshots through the door, killing the would-be intruder.
Seems fairly clear: "Man A" attempts break in, "Man B" kills him, within his legal right to protect life and property from imminent harm. Right?
Wrong. "Man A" was on Chantix. And apparently the Chantix made him do it, according to the widow, who also was reportedly enjoying some adult beverages with Mr. Chantix the night of his undoing.
So is Chantix to blame for "Man A's" death? Would Chantix also be to blame if "Man A" had actually broken in and say, killed, "Man B"?
This drama was, well, made even more dramatic because Mr. Chantix was a celebrity musician apparently. That makes your bad choices fodder for the 'celebrity excuse' and makes your death one of a martyr.
What always gets missed in these sorted affairs is the guy who was woken up in the middle of the night, forced to use deadly force to protect his family and then be cast aside - or chastised - because his righteous choice took the life of a pinhead who made a bad choice.
So, have you taken your meds today??