IMAP/OSF Report Calls for Investigation of Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees

By: Friday November 15, 2013 8:30 am

Breaking a three-year silence by the medical and human rights community, a panel of doctors, attorneys, human rights professionals, university professors and ethics experts have called for an investigation into the use of mefloquine on detainees at Guantanamo Naval Prison. The prison camp had instituted in very early 2002 an unprecedented policy of administering full-treatment doses of mefloquine to all incoming detainees at Guantanamo.

 

Feinstein: “Service members continue to receive drug linked to permanent brain damage”

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 6:45 am

Senator Dianne Feinstein put out a press release indicating that the Department of Defense should consider taking the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, out of the DoD drug formulary as it is too dangerous.

Feinstein also indicated the drug has been administered to military personnel without the safeguards put in place by a 2009 Department of Defense protocol. Moreover, according to the press release, “These service members are now suffering from… preventable neurological side effects….”

And what “preventable neurological side effects” were these?

Guantanamo Medical Chief Was “Advised Not to Talk About” Drug Decision

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:00 am

A new story at Truthout, which I co-authored with Jason Leopold, takes up the investigation of the story into the mass drugging of Guantanamo detainees with the controversial drug mefloquine, aka Lariam, which we originally reported earlier this month. In an interview with the former commander of the Guantanamo Naval Hospital, who signed off on the mefloquine use, Captain Albert Shimkus said “There were certain issues we were advised not to talk about.”

Unreported Deaths at Guantanamo?

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 7:30 am

According to the transcript of a February 19, 2002 meeting of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB), “[a] number of the detainees have died of the wounds that they arrived with” at Guantanamo. The statement was made by Captain Alan “Jeff” Yund as he discussed “mortuary affairs” at Guantanamo, part of a larger discussion on health issues at the new prison facility. The big question is: why have we never heard of this before? Meanwhile, DoD has issued denials of any deaths at Guantanamo prior to June 2006.

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