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Philippa Tuckman – Lariam for Military Personnel: An Unacceptable Risk

The House of Commons Defence Committee will publish its report An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel  on 24thMay. Having both given evidence to the inquiry and carefully considered the submissions of other witness, I am hopeful … Continue reading

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CDC Staff Accused Injured U.S. Veteran of “Malingering” in Response to Official Drug Regulator Safety Warning on Mefloquine

FDA Black Box Warning In 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “black box” warning regarding the safety of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine. This is the most serious warning issued by the FDA, which in this case … Continue reading

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British Parliamentary Inquiry Report on the Use of Lariam™ (Mefloquine) for Military Personnel to be Published on 24 May 2016

The British Parliament’s Defence Select Committee is publishing its report, “An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel” on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 00.01am. Report This is the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2015–16 (HC 567) and it can … Continue reading

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Feature Story (2004) – Veterans Affairs Alerts Doctors to Malaria Drug Concerns

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning doctors to watch for long-term mental problems and other health effects from an anti-malaria drug given to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The drug is mefloquine, known by … Continue reading

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Former Health Canada Official: “It’s High Time We Stopped Pretending Mefloquine Was Used Safely”

The federal government should recognize the anti-malaria drug mefloquine was not used safely in a trial during the fateful Somalia mission and address veteran concerns, a former top Health Canada bureaucrat says. The defence and health departments failed to do their … Continue reading

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Feature Story (2013) – Army’s Lariam Expert Funded by Drug Maker

A PROFESSOR who has advised the Department of Defence on its practice of prescribing the Lariam anti-malarial drug to Irish troops has previously received research funding from Roche, its manufacturer. Patricia Schlagenhauf, a pharmacist and editor of the Journal of … Continue reading

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Stuart McCarthy – Diagnosis and Management of Mefloquine Toxicosis in Military Veterans, Part 1

Mefloquine toxicosis, or “mef tox”, is a serious health problem that probably afflicts many tens of thousands of military veterans globally. The anti-malarial drug mefloquine (or Lariam™), like several other drugs from the same family of synthetic quinolines, is known … Continue reading

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Disgraced Australian Minister for Veterans Affairs Rejected Injured Veterans’ Outreach Program, Claiming it Would Cause “Undue Distress”

During the early months of 2015 one of the Senators involved in the recent parlianentary inquiry into the mental health of Australian Defence Force personnel wrote to the Australian Minister for Defence regarding the need to support mefloquine veterans, referring to a proactive outreach … Continue reading

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Feature Story (2015) – Calls For British Government to Answer Lariam™ Questions

This is a September 2015 story from British Forces TV about the impact of Lariam™ (mefloquine) among serving British military personnel and veterans. Since this story aired, former British Army officer Johnny Mercer MP was instrumental in conducting a parliamentary committee … Continue reading

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Canadian Psychiatrist Dr Greg Passey on Mefloquine, PTSD and the Somalia Affair

This is an extract from a recent story by Sheila Pratt in the Edmonton Journal, covering her interview with former Canadian military psychiatrist Dr Greg Passey. One of the problems encountered by mefloquine veterans because of the nature of this … Continue reading

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