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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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Media Release: Australian Veterans Welcome UK Drug Report

Australian veterans have today welcomed the release of UK Parliamentary report: ‘An acceptable risk? – the use of Lariam for military personnel’ confirming the Ministry of Defence had prescribed the controversial antimalarial drug mefloquine to thousands of troops without proper … Continue reading

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Television News Coverage of the UK Parliamentary Inquiry Report on Lariam in the Military

The British Parliament’s Defence Select Committee published its report, “An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel” on Tuesday 24 May 2016. Here are several of the television news stories that followed the publication of this report.

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Johnny Mercer MP: “The Ministry of Defence has Betrayed Our Armed Forces’ Mental Health”

For many years, British service personnel have been treated with a controversial anti-malaria drug despite warnings issued by its manufacturer. The Commons defence select committee, of which I am a member, has heard from scientists, lawyers and servicemen to try … 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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Scientific Misconduct in the Australian Army Malaria Institute’s Clinical Trials of Tafenoquine – Part 1

The New Mefloquine? Mefloquine is now well known to be neurotoxic, one of several synthetic quinolines able to cause acute psychotic reactions and/or a chronic central nervous system (CNS) toxicity syndrome in a significant proportion of people given these drugs … Continue reading

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