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Judge Dismisses Case Due to Chantix Induced Psychotic Episode

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A federal judge has dismissed the case of a 25 year-old California man who charged the cockpit of a plane on Thanksgiving forcing an emergency landing in Fargo, North Dakota. Prosecutors asked for the interfering with an airplane flight crew charge to be dropped against Andrew Smith after psychiatric exam revealed that Smith was suffering from psychotic disorder caused by Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication Chantix.

Reports of adverse effects associated with prompted an FDA investigation of the drug. The FDA issued an warning that drug could be linked to serious psychiatric disorders and possibly even suicidal acts. No causal relationship has officially been established but the FDA has said that a link cannot be ruled out at this time.