Smokers die after taking Zyban cure!
Eighteen smokers have died after taking Zyban – the new ‘wonder cure’ for nicotine addiction, The Mail on Sunday reveals today.
The deaths, reported by GPs to the Department of Health, have occurred in the seven-and-a-half months since the drug was launched. Those who died were mainly in their 40s and 50s – although one was aged just 21.
Health Department figures also show that 3,457 Zyban users have suffered a disturbing range of suspected side effects – from chest pains to fits, seizures and depression.
Manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and health officials last night insisted there was no evidence that Zyban was unsafe. But Ministers are under pressure to launch an urgent investigation into the drug, which has been prescribed to some 270,000 smokers in Britain.
Experts said last night that, extrapolating the figures over a year, Zyban accounted for more than 25 per cent of all reported adverse reactions to medicines prescribed in Britain and more than 11 per cent of fatal cases. Mike Stone, of the Patients’ Association, said: ‘For the peace of mind of the people taking the drug, there should be some kind of inquiry.’