The FDA sidesteps human safety trials to clear a risky anti-nerve-gas pill.
By Rebecca SklootPosted 03.26.2003 at 1:44 pm 0 Comments
Tens of thousands of American troops in the Persian Gulf may soon be popping tiny white pills called pyridostigmine bromide, or PB,
a controversial anti-nerve-gas drug that the FDA quietly approved for military use in February. During the 1991 Gulf War, PB was prescribed experimentally to more than 250,000 U.S. soldiers to guard against exposure to soman, a deadly nerve agent, which the Pentagon believes Iraq may use against U.S. forces. But since its use in the Gulf War, PB has been linked to a cluster of chronic health problems -- such as fatigue, memory loss and joint pain -- reported in