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Committee to Study Health Effects of Malaria Drugs Taken by US Troops

January 14, 2019

From the Military.com website

A National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee will conduct a review of the long-term health effects of an anti-malarial drug taken by U.S. troops that has been linked to brain damage and psychiatric disorders.

The committee on January 28 will launch an 18-month study of mefloquine, also known by its brand name, Lariam, and other malaria medications used by military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers and State Department employees over the past several decades.

U.S. troops have taken a variety of medications, including mefloquine, malarone, doxycycline and chloroquine, to prevent malaria in countries where it is prevalent, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

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