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    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Strange Theories: Did Slobodan Milosevic purposely take drugs that would interact with his blood pressure medications?

    A top toxicologist in the Netherlands said that he suspected Slobodan Milosevic had manipulated medication to fake a medical condition, a plan that might have played a role in the heart attack that caused his death.

    ...Uges based his theory on his detection in Milosevic's blood of a drug that had not been prescribed for him and that was not only inappropriate, but, under the circumstances, dangerous. Milosevic was found on his bed in his prison cell Saturday morning. The drug at issue is an antibiotic known as rifampicin, used to treat serious bacterial infections, like tuberculosis. It is known to interfere with the medications he was taking for high blood pressure.


    No question about it, Rifampin does interact with blood pressure medications, as well as many other drugs. Was it a ruse to escape to Moscow, or a clever way to cheat the hangman?
     

    posted by Sydney on 3/14/2006 09:21:00 PM 2 comments

    2 Comments:

    Do you think it's possible that Milosevic had a history of TB? A guy who commented in my blog raised that question, and you know it's a worthwhile question, TB was a real problem in many parts of the Balkans for a long time, but there is a social stigma about it.

    By Blogger Yakima_Gulag, at 11:16 PM  

    The thought of TB crossed my mind, too, but I figured if he had TB his doctors at the Hague would know about it, and would have known he was on rifampin. I didn't realize it was a disease with a stigma in that part of the world. Puts a new light on it.

    By Blogger sydney, at 8:51 AM  

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