Tag Archives: Mistreatment

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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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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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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Leonard Benton – Veteran Kills Himself At the VA: A Failure Written In Blood

“It is time to speak. It is time that veterans use social media, personal demonstration, and activism to make change happen instead of waiting on it.” In every Veterans Administration job announcement, there is a copy of the VA’s mission statement. … Continue reading

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