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THE MEFLOQUINE ISSUE (Canadian Military)
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:14:42 AM »

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Mefloquine is a relatively new anti-malarial drug, first made generally available to the Canadian public in 1993.1 It is used both to prevent malaria (that is, as a prophylactic) and to treat malaria. Mefloquine is used in areas where the local strains of malaria have developed a resistance to other anti-malarial drugs. Somalia is one such area.

The suggestion was made to us that mefloquine caused severe side effects, including abnormal and violent behaviour, among some Canadian Forces (CF) personnel in Somalia. We were not able to explore fully the possible impact of mefloquine. This would have required additional hearings dedicated specifically to the issue, which time did not permit. However, we report here our general findings about mefloquine and its possible impact on operations in Somalia. Readers will see readily that further investigation is warranted before any firm conclusions about the role of mefloquine can be drawn.
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