Mefloquine expert says it should be banned from military use

A WORLD-leading expert on Mefloquine said the controversial drug should be banned immediately from use in the armed forces.

Dr Remington Nevin, who specialises in the drug, told the QT from his home base in Baltimore that Mefloquine was an extremely dangerous drug.

"Mefloquine is an idiosyncratic neurotoxicant, meaning in some persons, when taken at its regular dose, it can accumulate in brain and cause toxic injury to the central nervous system, leading to lasting and even permanent psychiatric and neurological effects," he said.

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"The requirements for safer use of the drug, as outlined in the Australian Product Insert, are nearly impossible to meet during military operations.

"Acute Mefloquine psychosis has been associated with a number of seemingly senseless and impulsive suicides - even many months to years after taking the drug."

The United States Food and Drug Administration gave Mefloquine its strongest "black box safety warning" two years ago to highlight potential neurological and psychiatric side-effects.

The British Parliament is currently considering a push to ban Mefloquine from use in the UK and its armed forces.

The Australian Senate recently held an inquiry in Brisbane into the Mental Health of Australian Defence Force Serving Personnel where the issue was raised.

Major McCarthy gave damning testimony about the drugs and the effects it has had on his life.

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