Anti-Smoking Drug Banned for Pilots

Anti-smoking drug Chantix has been banned by the FAA for use by pilots and airtraffic controllers.

A special report from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, points out hundreds of serious problems reported since the drug was approved in May 2006, including dizziness, loss of consciousness, seizures, and abnormal spasms and movements.

“We have immediate safety concerns about the use of Chantix among persons operating aircraft, trains, buses and other vehicles, or in other settings where a lapse in alertness or motor control could lead to massive, serious injury,” the researchers said in the report.

I’d like to note that historically speaking, the FAA has given really good advice about drug safety. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing about the FDA.