Lawsuit blames stop-smoking medicine for murder-suicide

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The estates of an Economy couple killed in a murder-suicide two years ago sued drug company Pfizer Inc. Monday, saying its stop-smoking medicine Chantix caused the rage that prompted the event.

Sean Wain, 34, killed his wife Natalie, 33, and himself in an early morning shooting in May 2009. They left four children behind.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by White Oak attorney Victor H. Pribanic said that consumers of Chantix were not sufficiently warned at the time that it can cause rage, hostility and suicide. Mr. Wain, according to the complaint, had been using Chantix for a week or two prior to his and Ms. Wain's deaths.

A Pfizer representative had no immediate comment.



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