July 30, 2013

FDA Drug Warning Could Affect Bales’ Sentencing in Afghan Massacre

The FDA said Monday that an anti-malarial drug can cause neurological side effects, and the lawyer for a soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians says his client took the medication and that will likely be raised at his sentencing. 

Hal Bernton | Seattle Times | Originally published July 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM - Mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug used for years by U.S. troops as well as some civilians heading to tropical hot spots, can cause long-term neurological damage and serious psychiatric side effects, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA warning, made public Monday in a safety announcement, is likely to be raised in the upcoming sentencing of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for murdering 16 Afghan civilians. John Henry Browne, Bales’ attorney, says the soldier took mefloquine on earlier tours of duty in Iraq.


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