This is a September 2015 story from British Forces TV about the impact of Lariam™ (mefloquine) among serving British military personnel and veterans. Since this story aired, former British Army officer Johnny Mercer MP was instrumental in conducting a parliamentary committee inquiry into the use of Lariam™ in the British forces. The inquiry heard evidence from medical experts and admissions from Roche about the drug’s neuropsychiatric side-effects, then a Government apology to affected veterans during its hearings, with its final report expected to be published soon.
Also see the related story below by Jonathan Owen in The Independent.
From Jonathan Owen, Lariam: MoD should stop giving soldiers drug which can induce psychosis, says MP, The Independent, 18 August 2015.
The Ministry of Defence should stop giving soldiers Lariam, an anti-malarial drug which can induce psychosis and other psychiatric problems, according to Conservative MP Johnny Mercer.
The former army captain, who served in Afghanistan and now sits on the commons defence select committee, wants the use of the drug suspended while a study into its side-effects is conducted.
He has received dozens of letters about Lariam in recent months. One, from a former colleague, states: “we cannot go on prescribing something to our blokes that is clearly having a significant negative effect on their mental health. Please do what you can.” read more