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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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“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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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 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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