Its not you its the drug

FDA-LogoFDA approves label changes for antimalarial drug mefloquine hydrochloride due to risk of serious psychiatric and nerve side effects.
Inlcudes “black box ” and warning that neurologic side effect may be permanent.

July 29, 2013.

bbc-blocks-darkBBC News My Lariam dreams [18 August 2015] By Robert Lawrence. There’s been a call for the British Army to stop using a controversial anti-malaria drug, mefloquine – best known under the tradename Lariam. The Ministry of Defence and the NHS insist it’s safe but some can suffer unnerving effects.

bbc-blocks-dark[8/17/15 Today Programme] Call for Army to stop using malaria drug Mefloquine
By Sima Kotecha Today programme

Book Chapter – Issues in the Prevention of Malaria Among Women at War by Remington Nevin, MD, a chapter in the textbook Women at War, edited by Elspeth Cameron Ritchie and Anne L. Nacliero, Oxford University Press, 2015.

AtlanticoStromae: Belgian vocalist, songwriter, and pop music producer who is known for his trademark bow tie,suffered a severe reaction to Lariam and had to cancel his concerts. [June 16, 2015 -article in French]

Paris MatchStromae is recovering: [1 July 2015 -article in French]

BBC Radio 4BBC Radio 4 – The Lariam Legacy [3/31/2015 26 Minutes] An investigation into why the Ministry of Defence continues to use a drug that has been shown to cause psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia and confusion. Check BBC Website for alternate dates.

WSJ 200Blog – Former Peace Corps Volunteer Sues over Malaria Drug [3/27/2015]  Injured Returned Peace Corps Volunteer sues Corps for negligent use of mefloquine and not providing adequate information on the drug, which caused her a  toxic reaction, March 27, 2015. The blog welcomes comments

Letter to Peace Corps about Mefloquine Toxicity Dr Remington Nevin MD, MPH Formerly, MAJ, US Army Medical Corps, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie MD MPH COL (Retired US Army Medical Corps) [March 5 2015]

Interview – Dan Sullivan interviews Dr. Remington Nevin for the SGT Sullivan Center, episode 6, Mefloquine    [February 3, 2015,]

Irish Independent – Army personnel {Irish} to use Lariam in Ebola Mission [ 21 Jan 2015]

Book Chapter – Forensic and Ethical Issues in Military and Behavioral Health, Borden Institute. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH, Senior Editor, Borden Institute.

Book – Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant’s Pursuit of the Truth About Guantanamo Bay, Joseph Hickman. See chapter “The Mefloquine Motive.” Simon and Schuster, Jan. 2015

Book Chapter – Mefloquine and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Remington Nevin, MD, MPH; chapter 19 in Forensic and Ethical Issues in Military and Behavioral Health, Borden Institute, 2014.

The use of a prodrug approach to minimize potential CNS exposure of next generation quinoline methanols while maintaining efficacy in in vivo animal models, Geoffrey Dow et al., Eur J Drug Metab Pharmacokinetics, April 2014

Idiosyncratic quinoline central nervous system toxicity: Historical insights into the chronic neurological sequaelae of mefloquine By Remington L. Nevin, MD, . (Click the link to the right of the text for an audio by Dr Nevin.) April 5, 2014

Irish Examiner, The Lariam Debate by David Ralph, 30 Jan 2014.

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia [and mefloquine]  By David Stuart MacLean,  Jan 2014

A Memoir of Mefloquine Amnesia: A Review of The Answer to the Riddle Is Me by David Stuart MacLean

CBSCBS News Video: U.S. troops given anti-malaria drug despite concern of side effects  December 23, 2013,

Re-visiting Mefloquine Use at Guantanamo: A Guest Post by Dr. Remington Nevin on, A National Security Blog by the Center for Policy & Research at Seton Hall University, Nov. 2013

The independentHe told me of his Lariam dreams – then killed himself: The human cost of the UK’s suicide drug scandal. The Independent (UK), Jonathan Owen, Monday 07 October 2013

The independentThe Lariam Scandal: Former head of army calls for ban on malaria drug
The Independent  (UK), Friday 27 September 2013


Army Decides Elite Units [Green Berets] Shouldn’t Take Anti-Malaria Drug Known To Cause Permanent Brain Damage
By Pauline Jelinek, Huffington Post  09/19/13

nytlogo379x64New York Times Op Ed: Crazy Pills, by David Stuart Maclean, Aug 8, 2013

nytlogo379x64New York Times, F.D.A. Strengthens Warnings on Lariam, an Anti-Malaria Drug, July 29, 2013

Soldier Prescribed Controversial Anti-Malarial Drug Before Afghan Massacre, KPBS public broadcasting, San Diego, By Beth Ford Roth, July 15, 2013.

logo-home-200Sunday Times : Letters link drug to army rampage, (London. Irish edition], Mark Tighe, 14 July 2013

timelogo The Sergeant-Lariam Link Seems to Grow Stronger
July 8, 2013