Defence chiefs hit out over anti-malaria drug usage by the MoD

MPS fighting for the military to axe the use of a '˜dangerous' anti-malarial drug have hit out at the Ministry of Defence's response to their fears.

Tuesday, 13th September 2016, 12:01 am
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:57 pm

A report into the controversial use of the drug Lariam has today been published by the House of Commons Defence Committee.

The drug resulted in a number of damaging side-effects for scores of service personnel prescribed it.

Today the MoD launched a ‘single point of contact’ service in response to the concerns to help current and former armed forces members who are worried about their use Lariam.

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The move has been welcomed by the committee.

But a spokesman said calls for the MoD to only use Lariam as a ‘drug of last resort’ had been snubbed.

He said: ‘This would have sent out a clear message that the MoD has acknowledged and accepted the high risks associated with the use of Lariam.’

Defence minister Mark Lancaster said: ‘As with all malaria preventatives, Lariam can have side effects; and whilst it is only used in a small number of cases, it can be the most effective way to stop our troops getting this deadly disease.’

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