Can you buy varenicline Champix?

Champix (also called varenicline) is not currently available in the UK or Europe. It has been withdrawn as a precaution, because of an impurity found in the medicine.

Can I still buy Champix?

Champix, like all prescription medicines, is only available if you have a prescription, because it is a prescription only medication.

Do you need a prescription to buy Champix?

Champix is a prescription-only medicine containing varenicline.

Is varenicline still available?

At the end of June 2021, pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer announced they are stopping the global production of Chantix (varenicline). The halt of this smoking cessation pill is due to a discovery of higher levels of nitrosamines — possible carcinogens — in Chantix than what’s considered acceptable.

Why is Champix unavailable?

The recall affects all batches that were found to contain levels of N-nitroso- varenicline above the acceptable level of intake set at EU level. An earlier recall of several batches took place in June 2021 due to the presence of nitrosamine impurity and led to shortages of the medicine.

Is Champix back in stock?

Champix out of stock 2021. Today the Department of Health and Social Care issued an updated Supply Disruption Alert confirming that there is no resupply date of varenicline from Pfizer and no alternative supplier.

Is Chantix back on the market?

The FDA has approved the first generic version of Chantix (varenicline), Pfizer’s smoking cessation product. Developed by Par Pharmaceutical, which is part of Endo International, the generic varenicline tablet was approved August 11, 2021. The generic will come in doses of 0.5 mg and 1 mg.

Is varenicline the same as Chantix?

Chantix (varenicline) is available in brand name only, as 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets, and it is made by the drug company Pfizer. Chantix, which is used in adults only, is started one week before the smoking quit date and is taken for 12 weeks; patients may continue for another 12 weeks if the first cycle is successful.

Are Pfizer still making Champix?

Pfizer, the sole supplier of Champix® , stopped the distribution of all Champix® (varenicline) 0.5mg and 1mg tablets in early June 2021.