Drug Profile


Alternative Names: Champix; Chantix; CP-526,555; CP-526555-18; Varenicline tartrate

Latest Information Update: 21 Sep 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator Pfizer
  • Class 3-ring heterocyclic compounds; Azabicyclo compounds; Benzazepines; Bridged-ring heterocyclic compounds; Quinoxalines; Small molecules; Smoking cessation therapies
  • Mechanism of Action Alpha4 beta2 nicotinic receptor agonists
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Smoking withdrawal
  • Discontinued Alzheimer's disease

Most Recent Events

  • 01 Sep 2017 Pfizer initiates enrolment in the phase III EVarQuit trial for Smoking withdrawal in USA (PO) (NCT03262662)
  • 23 Feb 2017 Pfizer has patent protection for varenicline in European Union, Japan and USA (Pfizer Form 10-K, February 2017)
  • 01 Jan 2017 Pfizer completes a phase III trial in Smoking withdrawal in Pakistan (PO) (ISRCTN94103375)
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