Petitioning Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton

Pfizer: my son hung himself after taking your anti-smoking drug Champix – it needs side-effect warnings immediately

I still listen to the message he left me everyday, just so I can hear his voice: "Mum, I'm sorry, I'm just going crazy…. I love you…" – just 22 years old, my baby boy hung himself a few hours later.

He'd been taking anti-smoking drug Champix. I would never had allowed him to keep taking it if I knew the shocking, severe side-effects – but neither of us knew. 

We just weren't told. Not about the documented psychotic and suicidal links to taking it. Not about the multi-million dollar court cases settled in the USA against the drug company, or the health forums filled with families who've lost people like I have.

A warning label on the anti-smoking drug could of saved his life. It could have saved me from the hell I am living now without my boy, Timothy. His preventable death torments me.

Tens of thousands of Australians are prescribed Champix each year. It helps many people I'm told – but there needs to be urgent warnings issued so families can watch for any signs of psychotic or suicide risks. This is exactly what US drug companies have done, they now carry the highest level of warning on the box, yet still in Australia there aren't proper warnings in place. 

It's too late for my son, nothing will bring him back now. But I know there are other kids out there just like Timothy -- and if safer labeling saves just one life it will all be worth it.

I'm asking Pfizer and Health Minister Peter Dutton to ensure Champix has on-the-box warnings, and all doctors issued with an alert so families know the side-effects.

Please help me fix this by signing my petition. I loved my son so dearly, and it breaks my heart to think another family could go through the loss I did when simple, clear warnings could save them.

Letter to
Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton
I still listen to the message he left me everyday, just so I can hear his voice: "Mum, I'm sorry, I'm just going crazy…. I love you…" – just 22 years old, my baby boy hung himself a few hours later.
He'd been taking anti-smoking drug Champix. I would never had allowed him to keep taking it if I knew the shocking, severe side-effects – but neither of us knew.
We just weren't told. Not about the documented psychotic and suicidal links to taking it. Not about the multi-million dollar court cases settled in the USA against the drug company, or the health forums filled with families who've lost people like I have.
A warning label on the anti-smoking drug could of saved his life. It could have saved me from the hell I am living now without my boy, Timothy. His preventable death torments me.
Tens of thousands of Australians are prescribed Champix each year. It helps many people I'm told – but there needs to be urgent warnings issued so families can watch for any signs of psychotic or suicide risks. This is exactly what US drug companies have done, they now carry the highest level of warning on the box, yet still in Australia there aren't proper warnings in place.
It's too late for my son, nothing will bring him back now. But I know there are other kids out there just like Timothy -- and if safer labeling saves just one life it will all be worth it.
I'm asking Pfizer and Health Minister Peter Dutton to ensure Champix has on-the-box warnings, and all doctors issued with an alert so families know the side-effects.
Please help me fix this by signing my petition. I loved my son so dearly, and it breaks my heart to think another family could go through the loss I did when simple, clear warnings could save them.