The household of an Indiana teen who dedicated suicide after being recognized with the flu say Tamiflu is in charge for his loss of life.
Charlie Harp’s household instructed WXIN that he was a mentally secure younger man, thriving at school and enthusiastic about his involvement within the wrestling group. They declare that his determination to commit suicide is straight associated to the extreme unwanted side effects from the Tamiflu remedy he took for his bout of flu.
Fox experiences: “He’s a tremendous little one energetic, completely happy on a regular basis; you simply by no means see him and not using a smile on his face,” mentioned Jackie Ray, Charlie’s aunt and guardian.
The 16-year-old boy was recognized with the flu final Thursday, and like many flu sufferers, he was prescribed Tamiflu.
“We began it proper within the automobile, get it in him and get him began,” mentioned Ray.
Lower than 24 hours later, Ray mentioned she texted the teenager however didn’t get a response.
“I knew one thing was unsuitable. My husband got here dwelling and located him in the home,” mentioned Ray.
Ray’s husband, Brad, found Harp had dedicated suicide within the storage.
“Simply considering the entire method right here what’s totally different?” Brad Ray puzzled. “He’s been the identical. What did we do in a different way? And it clicked, he simply began new medication.”
The couple instructed WXIN the teenager had by no means expressed suicidal ideas earlier than and had no indicators of despair. The one change, they are saying, had been he began taking Tamiflu.
The Tamilfu warning label clearly states pediatric sufferers could also be at an elevated danger of confusion or irregular conduct. The Rays say they weren’t correctly warned about what that might imply.
“He had a complete of two doses,” mentioned Jackie Ray. “Two doses and that is the place we’re.”
As household awaits solutions, the couple says they’re discovering energy within the outpouring of assist from the group and hope to unfold the phrase so different households are conscious of the attainable unwanted side effects from the medication.
“The considered another person not realizing and provides it to their kids, I can’t bear that,” mentioned Jackie Ray.
WXIN reached out to the maker of Tamiflu. A spokesperson mentioned they’ll’t touch upon this particular case at the moment however launched the next assertion.
Neuropsychiatric occasions have been reported through the administration of Tamiflu in sufferers with influenza, particularly in kids and adolescents.
They add sufferers ought to be carefully monitored for behavioral modifications.
The maker says they take all experiences significantly and can conduct an intensive investigation. In addition they acknowledged there’s no information suggesting a hyperlink for such occasions with antiviral therapy.