Daily Express: Ministry of Defence Accused of ‘Negligence on a Grand Scale’ As Troops Sue Over Lariam (Mefloquine)

BRITISH troops who say they were left with serious mental health side effects after taking a controversial anti-malaria drug are taking legal action against the Ministry of Defence.

The group of armed forces veterans say they have suffered hallucinations, severe depression, sleep deprivation and anxiety as a result of the medication, which is licensed for use in 42 countries.

They are seeking answers over the use of the drug after it was handed out to hundreds of British troops.

Military injury lawyers have received more than 30 enquiries from people claiming to be affected by Lariam and the MoD has been notified of several claims against them.

Lariam was prescribed to British troops operating overseas despite concerns regarding mental health side effects being known and other anti-malaria drugs being available. read more

Tom Batchelor, MoD accused of ‘negligence on a grand scale’ as troops sue over controversial malaria drug, Daily Express, 12 May 2016.

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British troops in Afghanistan, 2007

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Larisa Brown, Malaria pill for forces is a risk, admit drug chiefs: Controversial treatment found to increase risk of depression, anxiety and psychosis, Daily Mail, 11 November 2015.

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2 Responses to Daily Express: Ministry of Defence Accused of ‘Negligence on a Grand Scale’ As Troops Sue Over Lariam (Mefloquine)

  1. vtote says:

    Great work guys, get the feelers out, keep awareness up. I am shocked you only have 30 cases. We have heaps in Australia effected by this misconduct.

    Liked by 1 person

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