FDA Adverse Event Notification Links Malaria Drug to Soldier’s Violent Rampage
According to the Daily Mail, an FDA adverse event notification links a malaria drug, mefloquine, to Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ rampage in Kandahar province in March of 2012. The pharmacists reference the rampage, saying the drug is know to adversely affect 5 to 10 percent of its users and carries with it a warning not to use the drug if you have previously experience brain trauma.
“Mefloquine is a zombie drug. It’s dangerous, and it should have been killed of years ago.” – Dr. Remington Nevin, Army Major and epidemiologist published by USA Today.
- Mefloquine is a potent anti-malaria drug developed by Roche that is commonly used by the military.
- The drug has previously been linked to paranoia, hallucinations, and psychosis.
- The malaria drug has been attributed to short-term memory loss and anxiety in soldiers.
- Family members of active military and veterans have blamed the drug for suicides.
- Dr. Nevin described the drug as ‘probably the worst suited drug for the military’ stating the side effects of mefloquine closely mirror symptoms of stress disorders.
Mefloquine and Staff Sgt. Bales
- It has been previously suggested that the combination of Bales’ previous brain injury and the malaria drug led to his homicidal rampage in 2012.
- This notification marks the first documented link between the drug and Bales' violent actions.
- Staff Sgt. Bales had no recollection of the crimes when interrogated.
- Army officials have not confirmed if Bales had taken mefloquine, stating confidentiality laws protects patient records.
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