In 2008, Senators Chuck Grassley was not pleased with press reports alleging that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to warn our veterans in a timely manner of risks associated with anti-smoking drug Chantix.
This case is especially alarming since many combat veterans have a high incidence of mental issues and therefore are very vulnerable to the very risks the drug is alleged to increase–suicidal tendency.
The Senator contacted the VA to better understand the timeline of events and the guidelines governing notifications to patients. The VA is currently undergoing reforms to enhance communication with its participants, and Senator Grassley will continue to monitor this issue in Congress.
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