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Tamiflu Suicide? Family Blames Drug for Teen's Death

The family of Charlie Harp believes Tamiflu led to his suicide. (Video via Fox 59)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:53 PM

A family from Franklin Township, Indiana, believes anti-viral drug Tamiflu may have led to the suicide of their 16-year-old.

Charlie Harp’s aunt and guardian Jackie Ray said the teen showed no signs of depression and had only taken two doses of Tamiflu when he was found in the family’s garage after hanging himself less than 24 hours later, Fox 59 reported.  

Ray told the news station Harp was doing well in school and participating in wrestling enthusiastically. She said his behavior gave no indication of suicidal thoughts or depression.

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

Although the Tamiflu warning label states pediatric patients could have “confusion” or “abnormal behavior,” no risk of suicide is mentioned. The Rays said they were not adequately warned about the possibility of depression or suicide, Fox 59 reporrted. 

“He had a total of two doses,” Ray said. “Two doses and here we are.”

Ray said the community has surrounded them with support and that she and her husband want to get the word out so that other families know what could happen. 

“Neuropsychiatric events have been reported during administration of Tamiflu in patients with influenza, especially in children and adolescents,” Tamiflu’s maker said in a statement, Fox 59 reported. The company, which couldn't comment on Harp's case specifically, suggested close monitoring of children’s behavior for any sudden changes.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses and to set up a scholarship in Harp’s honor.

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