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Emails: Top Hillary Aide Was Researching Drug That Treats Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s

Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, extensively researched the drug Provigil while working for her at the State Department in 2011.

Sullivan, then Secretary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, informed Clinton in an email that Provigil, a drug commonly used to treat narcolepsy and other sleep-wake disorders, “was invented by the military.”

Jake Sullivan (R), Hillary Clinton's top foreign policy campaign adviser and her deputy chief of staff at the State Department, arrives for a closed-door deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi (Getty Images)

Jake Sullivan (R), Hillary Clinton’s top foreign policy campaign adviser and her deputy chief of staff at the State Department, arrives for a closed-door deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi (Getty Images)

“Provigil is used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy or shift work sleep disorder (sleepiness during scheduled waking hours among people who work at night or on rotating shifts),” he wrote in a previously released email. (RELATED: Emails Show Huma Used To Put Hillary Down For Nap Time)

 

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Sullivan also noted that Provigil is often prescribed to treat “excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.”

He stated that Modafinil — the drug’s original name — “gained attention in the medical community because it is the first effective stimulant with no significant potential for abuse” before explaining “it can be used for two to three day stretches at a time, with few known side effects and little risk of addiction.”

Hillary Clinton delivers opening remarks during a meeting with law enforcement officials at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on August 18, 2016 (Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton delivers opening remarks during a meeting with law enforcement officials at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on August 18, 2016 (Getty Images)

Near the end of his brief, Sullivan pointed to a French study which found “that for missions of about 24 hours, Modafinil for soldiers is preferable to naps.”

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