Defence Questions – Lariam Working Group Report

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Clare questions the new Minister for Defence about when we’re likely to see the Report of the Working Group on Lariam – which we’ve been waiting for since 2013. She points out that things have changed radically since the last time she had to opportunity to question the Minister on this issue, with the British Department of Defence now recommending the drug be used as an absolute last resort, because of the severity and permanence of its side effects, and the Australian Defence Forces offering compensation to soldiers who have been affected by taking it. Despite this, the Irish Department of Defence’s policy is still to administer this drug as its first choice anti-malarial.

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