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That's not to mention the controversy over the Army's use of anti-malaria drug Lariam, which can cause serious psychotic side effects.
The Army lads were given controversial Lariam even though Irish pharmacies no longer stock it - and many foreign armies have stopped handing it out.
The Commons Defence Committee said there was "strong anecdotal evidence" that stringent conditions laid down by the manufacturers for issuing Lariam had been ignored by the armed forces.
Health officials now acknowledge Lariam can cause severe side effects, some of which can be permanent.
Mefloquine was previously sold under the brand name Lariam, which is not currently being marketed.
Internal documents from Roche, obtained by UPI in 2002, indicated that the pharmaceutical company had been tracking suicidal reactions to Lariam going back to the early 1990s.
Disease avoidance isn't merely a matter of deciding which antimalarial drug the children need to swallow (the choices are Malarone, Lariam or very unpalatable chloroquine syrup).
Lariam has been associated with nightmares and psychosis in approximately one in 10,000 people but the risk is far less than the risk of developing malaria in an endemic area.
Erik van Lieshout's video LARIAM, 2001, projected in a low shack made of cardboard and tape and resembling an upside-down pillbox, captures the artist in Ghana asking locals to help him turn a hard-to-pronounce Dutch phrase into a rap song.
The most Orwellian--or perhaps merely absurd--moment came when we tried one final time to get the military's attention on a shocking incident in which the controversial malaria drug, Lariam, was an issue.
His lawyers argued that any responsibility he may have had was diminished by a combination of manic depression and Lariam, an antimalarial drug that is, in fact, known to cause unpleasant temporary psychological effects in some people.
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