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October 29, 2002

No More GI Guinea Pigs(?)

Posted by Mike on October 29, 2002 8:40 AM

WIRED reports that the Pentagon has promised to use only FDA approved drugs on GIs:

The Pentagon has assured Congress and military personnel that only FDA-approved drugs will be used, FDA dosage and administration requirements will be met and proper records will be kept.

Critics remain unconvinced. They claim Gulf War GIs were dosed with unapproved compounds responsible for chronic and sometimes fatal ailments. And they contend that the Pentagon's standard operating procedures and attitudes regarding drug administration are the antithesis of good medical practice.

I quit counting how many Gulf War veterans told me they palmed their "mystery meds" or skipped the vaccination line while deployed in Saudi Arabia.