Quit-smoking pill linked to TV editor's suicide
The family of a man who killed himself while taking a wonder pill to help him give up smoking have blamed his death on side effects of the drug.
Omer Jama hoped the Champix tablets were the cure that would end his 15 year addiction to smoking - but his family are certain that they led him to take his own life
Last week American drug safety experts issued a warning about the pill and suicide.
Only four weeks after he began a course of pills to help kick his 20-a-day habit, Mr Jama, 39, a television editor, was found dead with his wrists slashed at his home.
His death came only four days after he was pictured smiling with his newborn niece. He had also recently booked a holiday to Cuba to celebrate his 40th birthday.
Mr Jama's brother Ali, said the keen golfer, from Bolton, had splitfrom his wife earlier this year but the pair remained on good terms.
They just weren't the actions of a man who was contemplating suicide, said Mr Jama, 41.
He's got no history of depression and was never the sort of person youwould see feeling sorry for himself. There was a brand new travel guidefor Cuba at the side of his bed and he had everything to live for. Ispoke to him two days before his body was found and he was laughing andjoking.
Mr Jama, who works for Sky, the company that employed his brother, saidhe had not been aware of the drug's side effects until he read reportsin the press about complaints to the Medicines and HealthcareRegulatory Agency (MHRA). Pfizer launched the drug, which costs