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Summary

Company Announcement Date:

July 16, 2021

FDA Publish Date:

July 19, 2021

Product Type:

Drugs

Reason for Announcement:

Recall Reason Description

N-Nitroso Varenicline content above ADI level

Company Name:

Pfizer

Brand Name:

Brand Name(s)

CHANTIX

Product Description:

Product Description

Smoking cessation treatment

Company Announcement

Pfizer is voluntarily recalling two lots of Chantix 0.5mg Tablets, two lots of Chantix 1 mg Tablets, and eight lots of a Chantix kit of 0.5mg/1 mg Tablets to the patient (consumer/user) level due to the presence of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, above the Pfizer established Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level.

Long-term ingestion of N-nitroso-varenicline may be associated with a theoretical potential increased cancer risk in humans, but there is no immediate risk to patients taking this medication. The health benefits of stopping smoking outweigh the theoretical potential cancer risk from the nitrosamine impurity in varenicline.

Nitrosamines are common in water and foods, including cured and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables. Everyone is exposed to some level of nitrosamines. These impurities may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above acceptable levels over long periods of time.

i

Chantix is a treatment to help patients quit smoking and is intended for short term use. People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer than people who do not smoke

.

ii

Smoking is also associated with many other cancers.

iii

CHANTIX has a safety profile that has been established over 15 years of marketing authorization and through a robust clinical program. Pfizer believes the benefit/risk profile of CHANTIX remains positive. Patients currently taking Chantix should consult with their doctor to confirm if they received an affected lot, and if appropriate, about alternative treatment options. To date, Pfizer has not received any reports of adverse events that have been related to this recall.

The NDC, Lot Number, Expiration Date, and Configuration details for Chantix Tablets is indicated in the table below and photos of the products can be found at the end of this press release. The product lots were distributed nationwide to wholesalers and Distributors in the United States and Puerto Rico from June 2019 to June 2021.

Product

NDC

Lot Number

Expiration Date

Presentation

Configuration/Count

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5 mg

0069-0468-56

00019213

2022 JAN

Bottles

56 tablets/bottle

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5 mg

0069-0468-56

EC6994

2023 MAY

Bottles

56 tablets/bottle

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 1 mg

0069-0469-56

EA6080

2023 MAR

Bottles

56 tablets/bottle

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 1 mg

0069-0469-56

EC9843

2023 MAR

Bottles

56 tablets/bottle

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

00020231

2021 SEP

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

00020232

2021 NOV

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

00020357

2021 DEC

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

00020358

2022 JAN

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

00020716

2022 JAN

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

ET1600

01/2023

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

ET1607

01/2023

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Chantix(varenicline)Tablets, 0.5/1 mg

0069-0471-03

ET1609

01/2023

Cartons containing 2 blister packs

Carton containing one blister pack of 11 0.5 mg tablets and one blister pack containing 42 1 mg tablets

Pfizer places the utmost emphasis on patient safety and product quality at every step in the manufacturing and supply chain process. Pfizer has notified their direct consignees by letter to arrange for return of any recalled product.

Wholesalers and distributors with an existing inventory of the lots, listed in the table above, should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately.

If you have further distributed the recalled product, please notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product from you. Please conduct a sub-recall to those accounts and communicate this recall information immediately. Please request they immediately cease distribution of the affected product and promptly contact Stericycle at 888-276-6166 (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET) to obtain a Business Reply Card (BRC) to initiate the return process.

If you received free product through the Pfizer Patient Assistance Program (PAP) or the Pfizer Institutional Patient Assistance Program (IPAP), please check your stock immediately against the table above. If you have any of the affected product lots in your inventory, please follow the instructions above for returning the product to Stericycle Inc. Additionally, if you are aware of any patients to whom you dispensed the affected lots who still may have the product in their possession, please ask them to return the product to you and then follow the instructions above for returning the product to Stericycle Inc. To request replacement product for any Pfizer PAP or Pfizer IPAP product you return, please contact 833-203-2776 (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm ET).

As communicated by FDA, there is no immediate risk to patients taking Chantix.

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Patients who are taking this product should consult with their health care provider or pharmacy to determine if they have the affected product lots. Patients with the affected lots should contact Stericycle Inc. at 888-276-6166 (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET) for instructions on how to return their product and obtain reimbursement for their cost.

Healthcare Professionals with questions regarding this recall can contact Pfizer using the below information.

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Pfizer Medical Information

800-438-1985, option 3 (Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm ET)

www.pfizermedinfo.com

For medical questions regarding the product

Pfizer Drug Safety

800-438-1985, option 1 (24 hours a day; 7 days a week)

To report adverse events and product complaints

Contact Center Contact Information Area of Support

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Complete and submit the report

Online

Regular Mail or Fax:

Download form

or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

References:

i

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and

availability/information-about-nitrosamine-impurities-medications

ii

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What Are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm

Updated September 2020. Accessed June 2021.

iii

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Smoking and Cancer (Fact Sheet). Atlanta, GA: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2014.

iv

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda

alerts-health-care-professionals-and-patients-voluntary-recall

varenicline-chantix-warehouse

Company Contact Information

Consumers:

Stericycle

Media:

Eamonn Nolan

Eamonn.Nolan@pfizer.com

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Content current as of:

07/19/2021

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