Lariam Update

It has been reported by the Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer that the Ministry of Defence has admitted to the Defence Select Committee that they failed to follow the manufactures guidelines when prescribing the anti-malaria drug Lariam to its troops. It is rare for the MOD to make such an admission and it will be warmly received by the hundreds of troops and veterans who claim to have suffered mental illness after taking the drug during their military service. This admission does not mean that the MOD will compensate those affected but it is a good start in what is likely to be a very complex dispute.

Grant Evatt