Welcome to the International Mefloquine Veterans’ Alliance website.
The International Mefloquine Veterans’ Alliance is a network of veterans, families and friends affected by the health impacts of the neurotoxic drugs – mefloquine (trade name Lariam) and tafenoquine.
The aim of this website is to provide information and support for those dealing with the complex and debilitating health impacts of mefloquine and tafenoquine toxicity.
Our current objectives are to:
• Raise awareness of mefloquine and tafenoquine, their impacts on the health of veterans, serving military personnel, their families and friends.
• Advocate for the provision of proper health care for veterans and families affected by mefloquine and tafenoquine toxicity, including the development of clinical guidelines for diagnosis & management, and comprehensive rehabilitation programs.
• Provide outreach and support for veterans and families affected by mefloquine and tafenoquine neurotoxicity.
• Advocate for the banning of mefloquine use in military forces worldwide.
• Prevent the introduction of tafenoquine in military forces worldwide.
We are speaking up and taking a stand as serving military personnel and ex-serving veterans because we do not accept the unjust, unethical and/or unlawful treatment of our fellow veterans and their families.
Please support our fight for the truth.
Mefloquine Neurotoxicity and Acquired Brain Injury
Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug that has been widely used by military forces around the world since the late 1980s and remains in use to this day. The drug has been found to be neurotoxic, able to cause a variety neurological and psychiatric disorders. Many military personnel and veterans now experience chronic, debilitating health problems as a result of lasting or permanent brain injury caused by mefloquine.
Dr Remington Nevin, Presentation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Mefloquine Neurotoxicity, 11 January 2013
Negligence, Abuse and Cover-up
Despite mefloquine having been found conclusively to be neurotoxic a decade ago, institutional denials by military officials, veterans’ affairs agencies, the ethically compromised medical establishment, the pharmaceutical industry and their lobbyists, have resulted in a situation whereby there is no support for veterans and their families experiencing the debilitating, chronic health effects of mefloquine toxicity. Until recently, these men and women who have sacrificed so much for their countries have suffered in silence. In addition to the usual stigma surrounding mental health many mefloquine veterans have for years, and in some cases decades, endured chronic symptoms of brain injury without acknowledgement or proper care, the result of systematic medical negligence. Misdiagnosis with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, personality disorders and other illnesses has been common, leading to inappropriate and sometimes dangerous medical treatments. Many have suicided, while those who have shown the courage to speak out have met a wall of denials, threats and abuse. Evidence has now emerged of decades-old corruption and cover-ups involving senior officials in several countries.
The negligence of senior Australian Defence Force officials, resulting in mefloquine veteran suicides in 2016
Taking a Stand
As serving military personnel and ex-serving veterans, we are meeting the moral obligation placed upon us by our military leaders to stand up for what is right. We do not accept the unjust, unethical and/or unlawful treatment of our fellow veterans. We do not accept negligence, lack of acknowledgement or the failure to properly care for mefloquine veterans and their families. We do not accept the abuse of those who were injured in the service of their countries. We do not accept the rampant corruption of public institutions by Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and the pharmaceutical industry in general, or the culture of impunity among military leaders that has led to this state of affairs. We will continue to show the moral courage required to win this fight. And we will prevail. Please connect with us or join us.
Courage and Leadership
We are inspired by the courage and leadership of Major General Alastair Duncan. See his story here.