Pfizer recalls stop-smoking drug Chantix for potential cancer-causing chemical

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Here’s a Consumer Alert for those trying to quit smoking.

Pfizer voluntary re-called its smoking cessation drug Chantix because it contains a chemical that may cause cancer. The company says the possible substance was detected in 12 lots at levels above the company’s established acceptable daily intake.

It says long-term ingestion may be associated with a potential increased cancer risk, however, Pfizer says the health benefits of stopping smoking outweigh the potential risk.

The FDA says people should continue taking the medicine until their pharmacist provides a replacement, or their doctor prescribes a different medication.

A full outline of the recall can be found here.