Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:26

SNP MP welcomes Lariam report as a 'huge step'

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SNP MP Douglas Chapman has said a Defence Select Committee report on controversial anti-malarial drug Lariam as a “huge step” towards ensuring that the drug is not prescribed to serving personnel in the future.

The report, published today (Tuesday) is the culmination of more than six months work by the committee, of which Douglas Chapman is a member. It recommends Lariam should only be used as a ‘drug of last resort’ by the armed forces, and is only prescribed when no suitable alternatives are available – bringing the UK into line with most of its closest allies.
There has been widespread concern about side effects from the use of Lariam - including hallucinations and psychosis.
Douglas Chapman MP commented:
“While an outright ban would have been my preferred solution, this is certainly a huge step in the right direction, and should help the MoD to address some of the concerns about their duty of care which were plainly evident during the inquiry.
“The use of Lariam by the MoD  was one of the first issues that I came across when I was elected. I am satisfied that the committee’s report will move the MoD in the right direction with regard to stopping the use of the drug.
“I hope these finding will bring some comfort to the personnel whose lives have been changed by their experience with Lariam, along with the families who have campaigned for many years to force the MoD to confront this issue.’’