Tag Archives: Antimalarial

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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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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“Justice Will Prevail”: Clare Daly TD to Irish Lariam Veterans

On Saturday 18 June 2016 Irish mefloquine veterans, their friends and families rallied at the National Memorial in Merrion Square, Dublin, to commemorate the lives lost to this drug and to protest against government inaction. Here is a video and … Continue reading

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Featured Research – J. Livezey et al, Prolonged Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in a Military Service Member Exposed to Mefloquine

“A 32-year-old male developed neuropsychiatric symptoms 2 weeks after starting mefloquine 250 mg/week for malaria prophylaxis. He continued to take the medication for the next 4 months. Initial symptoms included vivid dreams and anxiety, as well as balance problems. These symptoms persisted and … Continue reading

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British Parliamentary Inquiry: “Lariam Should be ‘Drug of Last Resort’ for Troops”

  Lariam, the anti-malarial drug sometimes prescribed to British troops, should be considered only as a drug of last resort, says the Defence Committee, in its report on the MoD’s use of the drug. Report: An acceptable risk? The use … Continue reading

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British Army Medical Officer on Existing Treatments for Lariam Depression: “All They Do is Stick a Plaster Over It”

Maj Mick Wallace took Lariam during his deployment in Kenya in 1998, and he says he has been severely depressed ever since: “When I came back my wife said I wasn’t the same man. I was short-tempered, anxious at times. … Continue reading

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General Richards: “If the Use of Lariam is Banned it Would Not Be Before Time”

Kim Sengupta, British armed forces set to ban most prescriptions of controversial anti-malarial drug Lariam, The Independent, 23 May 2016. A number of senior officers say that recognition of the dangerous side-effects that the use of Lariam  is long overdue. General … Continue reading

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