Tag Archives: Neuropsychiatric

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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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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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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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 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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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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