BBC News: Ministry of Defence Faces Legal Claims Over Malaria Drug Lariam (Mefloquine)

A group of military personnel are seeking damages from the Ministry of Defence over an anti-malarial drug they say has caused mental health problems.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell says it has formally notified the MoD of several claims after being contacted by about 30 serving and former members of the armed forces about its use of Lariam.


Side effects of the drug can include anxiety, depression and nightmares.

The MoD has said it is only prescribed after an individual risk assessment.

Irwin Mitchell said its case comes after MPs on the Defence Select Committee were made aware of claims the drug may have been used “outside of manufacturers’ guidelines”. read more

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1 Response to BBC News: Ministry of Defence Faces Legal Claims Over Malaria Drug Lariam (Mefloquine)

  1. beacoldwell says:

    Good news, that. DSC report 23/24 may. Here we go…x

    Sent from my Samsung device


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