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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Family believes Tamiflu led to teen’s suicide

An Indiana teen took his life, just days after being diagnosed with the flu. His family worries the medicine prescribed to help him may be to blame.

Charlie Harp’s loved ones say he was thriving in his classes and excited about his involvement on the wrestling team. They say they believe the extreme decision to commit suicide may have been caused by severe side effects from the medicine he was taking for the flu.

“He’s an amazing child full of life, happy all the time; you just never see him without a smile on his face,” said Jackie Ray, Charlie’s aunt and guardian.

The 16-year-old boy was diagnosed with the flu last Thursday, and like many flu patients, he was prescribed Tamiflu.

"We started it right in the car, get it in him and get him started,” said Ray.

Less than 24 hours later, Ray said she texted the teen but did not get a response..

The Tamilfu warning label clearly states pediatric patients may be at an increased risk of confusion or abnormal behavior. The Rays say they weren’t properly warned about what that could mean.

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Anonymous said...

I can completely understand the parents for not wanting to blame their son for his own actions, but it's still lame.

Anonymous said...

Someone is looking for a BIG pay off here.....

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to them because they want an answer that may not be what they like and want to lean on something else. A fever and sickness can make people think different and blur reality. I hope they find peace but let’s not push out or put fear in others who need that medication. My family member has used it and it was basically night and day after using it.