Monthly Archives: November 2015

John Dowe – Good Karma, Bad Pharma

This is a post from Canadian member John Dowe, reflecting on his coming to terms with the mefloquine scandal over the last 12 months. John has been instrumental in establishing the International Mefloquine Veteran’s Alliance, in addition to his efforts … Continue reading

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Dr Jane Quinn – Busting the Nameless MoD ‘Mythbusters’

The UK ministry of Defence (MoD) recently published a so-called ‘mythbusting guide‘ to the use of Lariam in the British forces. The piece written by an unnamed, faceless blogger made a number of false claims, including: “The [Public Health England Advisory … Continue reading

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Feature Story – Answers Sought Over Army’s Use of Malaria Drug Mefloquine (Sima Kotecha, BBC)

“How can it be that we have a situation where this loyalty and duty of care that should be delivered by the surgeon general and the defence chiefs is a complete deficit?”  Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Marriott MBE (retd) There are … Continue reading

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Our Stories – Mr John Dowe

 Mr John Dowe John is a Canadian veteran who describes himself as “a commando, a boxer, an activist and a humanist.” He spent ten years in the Canadian Forces, from 1990-2000, reaching the rank of Master Corporal. In 1993 John deployed … Continue reading

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Featured Research – Remington L. Nevin, Rational Risk-Benefit Decision-Making in the Setting of Military Mefloquine Policy

Abstract “Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug that has been commonly used in military settings since its development by the US military in the late 1980s. Owing to the drug’s neuropsychiatric contraindications and its high rate of inducing neuropsychiatric symptoms, which … Continue reading

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Feature Story – Mefloquine and the Canadian Airborne Regiment in the “Somalia Affair” 1993

“This is not who I am, John.” Private Kyle Brown, Canadian Army, 1993 In 1993 Canadian soldier John Dowe deployed to Somalia with the Canadian Airborne Regiment. During this deployment the soldiers were used as subjects in an unethical mefloquine drug trial. … Continue reading

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