The 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden was partially guided by rumors that he suffered from poor health. How accurate were these claims? New evidence has emerged that the terrorist leader did not have any long-term conditions after all.
ABC News recently reviewed the top five rumors about bin Laden's health, which included the following claims:
The director of practice development for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists also reviewed the list of medications found at bin Laden's compound, but noted that "nothing" indicates the terrorist leader was suffering from long-term conditions.
However, the medicines did include drugs intended to ease symptoms of ulcers and gastric reflux. Meanwhile, a drug used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure—Natrilix— was also found at the compound, but that drug should not be used by people with kidney failure, according to the pharmacist (Carollo, ABC News, 5/4; Aleccia, MSNBC.com, 5/6; Calabresi, TIME Magazine, 6/30/08).
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