The household of Indiana teen Charlie Harp, 16, who took his life Friday, blamed preventative flu treatment Tamiflu for driving him to suicide.
The teenager’s aunt and uncle — Jackie and Brad Ray — who have been additionally his authorized guardians, mentioned earlier than Harp was recognized with the flu and prescribed treatment, he was an amiable child who thrived in lessons and was socially widespread amongst associates.
They mentioned previous to taking the treatment, Harp didn’t exhibit any indicators of self-harming conduct, the couple informed Fox Information.
Tamiflu is an antiviral treatment prescribed to stop the signs of influenza A and influenza B inside 48 hours of onset of signs. Research argue Tamiflu is efficient on folks recognized with flu and is much less efficient on these experiencing flu like signs.
Based on the research, though the treatment is authorized by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), Tamiflu doesn’t work nicely sufficient to counter the symtoms of the sickness to justify CDC advice. The researchers say there’s little or no proof to show Tamiflu reduces critical issues from the flu.
Right here, a field of antiviral treatment Tamiflu in a pharmacy in Paris, July 22, 2009. Picture: Getty Pictures
When FOX59 reached out to the maker of Tamiflu, Roche, a spokesperson for the Swiss agency knowledgeable that the corporate was unable to touch upon the specifics of the case. Nevertheless, it launched the next assertion and mentioned folks beneath the treatment needs to be carefully monitored for behavioral modifications.
The assertion mentioned, “Neuropsychiatric occasions have been reported in the course of the administration of Tamiflu in sufferers with influenza, particularly in youngsters and adolescents.”
Earlier this month it was reported that a six-year-old lady from Allen, Texas, suffered from hallucinations after taking Tamiflu. The lady’s household, who most popular to stay nameless, informed KVTV that their daughter tried to inflict hurt on herself after experiencing hallucinations wrought by the treatment.
On Jan. 17, Amanda Frank, 38, a mom of 4 in New Hampshire, died of issues from the flu days after she refused to take the treatment as a result of she was warned by her physician of the doable unwanted side effects.
Based on her sister, Jolene King, Amanda determined to struggle the flu on her personal after she was warned by the docs that the unwanted side effects of the treatment was worse than the flu, Every day Mail reported.
Charlie, who succumbed to Influenza final Thursday, was discovered useless within the storage by his uncle inside 24-hours of taking the treatment. They have been among the many hundreds affected by the lethal flu that was creating havoc in america.
Charlie’s aunt and guardian, Jackie Ray, expressed grief on a GoFundMe web page. She mentioned “Charlie introduced a lot to our household, and boy was that child considered one of a sort. He was beloved by everybody that he got here involved with. I actually can not start to elucidate how damaged my coronary heart is, in addition to Brad and the youngsters.”
“I could not have given delivery to him, however I beloved him as he was my very own. I’m honored to have been capable of be a mom to him with the time we had. My coronary heart is crush, miss that boy already,” she added.
The warning label of Tamiflu states “side-effects might lead to confusion and irregular conduct,” nevertheless its maker denied claims alleging the unwanted side effects might be deadly.