Former Health Canada Official: “It’s High Time We Stopped Pretending Mefloquine Was Used Safely”

The federal government should recognize the anti-malaria drug mefloquine was not used safely in a trial during the fateful Somalia mission and address veteran concerns, a former top Health Canada bureaucrat says.

The defence and health departments failed to do their due diligence when the drug was released under a clinical trial to 900 Canadian Airborne soldiers going to Somalia in 1992, Dr. Michele Brill Edwards says.

“We owe a duty to them to recognize mefloquine may have caused great harm,” Brill Edwards told The Journal in a rare interview on the subject.

“It’s high time we stopped pretending mefloquine was used safely.” read more

Sheila Pratt, Stop pretending mefloquine was used safely on soldiers: former top Canadian drug bureaucrat, Ottawa Citizen, 7 February 2016.

“Courage is contagious” ~ Dr Michele Brill Edwards

2013 interview with Dr Michele Brill Edwards about her experiences with Health Canada

Related Stories

Sheila Pratt, Veterans anxious to hear from Hehr on mefloquine issue, Ottawa Citizen, 1 February 2016.

Peter O’Neil, Opposition MPs demand government act on dangerous anti-malaria drug, Vancouver Sun, 28 January 2016.

Grant Lafleche, Put an end to mefloquine, The Standard, 24 December 2014.

Dave Lazzarino, The Canadian Airborne Regiment’s Somali Affair, 20 years later, The Edmonton Sun, 15 March 2013.



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