NEWS Ebola outbreak: Drug banned in US given to British soldiers fighting the virus

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  1. whoosh

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    British troops sent to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are at increased risk of becoming psychotic or suicidal due to the Ministry of Defence's refusal to stop using mefloquine, the controversial anti-malarial drug.
    Lariam (its brand name) is among the anti-malarials being given to the 800 service personnel currently deployed to Sierra Leone on Operation Gritrock.
    Fears over the risks of psychosis and suicide prompted the US military to declare it a "drug of last resort" in April 2013, and the US Special Forces Command banned its use more than a year ago. Despite this British soldiers are still being given the drug. :eek:

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