Category Archives: Clinical Drug Trials

Stuart McCarthy & Marj Matchee – Prime Minister Trudeau Must Reopen the Somalia Inquiry

This is a speech prepared by Stuart McCarthy and delivered by Marj Matchee to the mefloquine rally at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, on the afternoon of September 19th, 2017. I am privileged to have been asked to share these words with … Continue reading

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Featured Research – R. L. Nevin and E. C. Ritchie, Service-Connected Disability Claim for Chronic Neuropsychiatric Adverse Effects From Mefloquine

“In 2014, a 56-year-old nondeployed U.S. Marine Corps veteran submitted a claim to the VA for disabling conditions. The veteran alleged these conditions were due to his exposure to mefloquine while in military service more than 2 decades earlier. The … Continue reading

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Stuart McCarthy – Disband the Army Malaria Institute and Prohibit Drug Trials on Australian Troops

The anti-malarial drug trial scandal that has embroiled the Australian Defence Force for the last two years simply won’t go away, despite the government’s best efforts to whitewash the controversy with a flawed “military justice” inquiry. There are growing calls … Continue reading

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Major Stuart McCarthy – Prime Minister Turnbull Must Support Diggers Used as Drug Guinea Pigs

WHEN you sign up to fight for your country, you accept you have to put your life on the line. In recent years, scores of those who have served in dangerous or inhospitable places haven’t made it home. To them … Continue reading

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A Clinical Drug Trial Gone Wrong and the Unfinished Business of the Somalia Affair

As public awareness has grown in relation to the adverse health effects of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine in military veterans, much of the media attention has focused on a series of drug trials conducted by the Australian Defence Force in … Continue reading

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PTSD as a “Diagnosis of Convenience”: Mefloquine, Tafenoquine and the Prevalence of Neuropsychiatric Disorders in ADF Veterans of East Timor and Bougainville

One of the problems that has perplexed many Australian government officials and veterans advocates in recent years is the disproportionately high number of Australian Defence Force (ADF) East Timor veterans who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is … Continue reading

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Scientific Misconduct in the Australian Army Malaria Institute’s Clinical Trials of Tafenoquine – Part 2

Part 1 of this series provided some background to the Australian Army Malaria Institute’s (AMI) tafenoquine trials in 1999-2002, including an outline of the preceding trials and more recent laboratory studies relating to the drug’s efficacy and toxicity. This post … Continue reading

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Loren Ries – Mefloquine, Tafenoquine and Lariam … Oh My

This is an excellent post by Loren Ries, shared with kind permission from her blog Loren Land. Loren is the wife of an Australian Army mefloquine and tafenoquine veteran who served in Timor Leste. This is her reaction the misinformation … Continue reading

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Australian Army Malaria Institute Trial of Tafenoquine with 3 RAR Personnel in Timor Leste, February 2000

During the period 1999-2001 the Australian Army Malaria Institute (AMI) conducted a series of tafenoquine drug trials involving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed on peacekeeping operations. The published trial reports include those involving members of the Peace Monitoring Group … Continue reading

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Australian Government Gives $10 million in “Foreign Aid” to Consortium Involved in the Development of a Neurotoxic Drug, While Refusing to Help Affected Veterans

  Since 2015 the Australian Army Malaria Institute (AMI) has been embroiled in a scandal over its testing of the neurotoxic anti-malarial drugs mefloquine and tafenoquine on military personnel deployed on peacekeeping operations in Bougainville and Timor Leste from 1999 to 2002. … Continue reading

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