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  • Malaria Drug Given Boxed Warning by FDA in Light of Side Effects, Link to Massacre

    US regulators have issued a warning regarding the safety of the drug mefloquine hydrochloride, an antimalarial drug widely given to US soldiers and other citizens traveling abroad, saying the drug is associated with a risk of serious psychiatric and nerve side effects. Background The drug has notably been associated with the case of US Army Staff Sgt. Robet Bales , now accused of killing 16 Afghani civilians during a "rampage" in 2012. An adverse event report submitt...
  • After Afghanistan Massacre, US Military Looks At Adverse Events

    • 26 March 2012
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    Top US Department of Defense (DoD) officials are ordering an emergency review of the adverse events surrounding the use of anti-malarial drug mefloquine after a US soldier allegedly massacred 17 Afghan civilians last week, reports The Huffington Post . The drug, also known as Lariam, is associated with a long list of side effects, including psychotic behavior, paranoia and hallucinations, reports The Post . A 2009 review of the drug by the DoD almost banned the drug ...