An Oregon woman whose husband killed their son and then committed suicide is seeking financial compensation from the dentist who prescribed him a medication to help him stop smoking. The woman, who came upon the bodies of the two victims after the incident on Dec. 22, 2010, is seeking $2.2 million in damages in connection with the personal injury litigation. The woman is also seeking compensation from the mental health providers who failed to correctly assess the man's behavioral problems after he began taking the drug. The man had been prescribed the controversial drug Chantix by a physician in Oregon, as he was attempting to treat his addition to chewing tobacco.
Chantix is known for its bizarre associated side effects, including hostility, depression and suicidal actions or ideation. Those side effects occur among those who are currently taking the medication, though they can also appear after the medication is stopped.