RUSI JournalVolume 165Issue 2members only

Military Safety: A Systems Perspective on Lariam


The antimalarial poses dangers for the military performance of the UK armed forces.

Lariam is an antimalarial drug that has a safety profile characterised by a predominance of neuropsychiatric adverse reactions. It is still prescribed within the British armed forces. A purposive survey (n = 28) of serving and ex-serving British military personnel with experience of operations where Lariam was used revealed that 82% experienced side effects and 85.71% considered the drug unsuitable for use during military operations. An additional online survey (n = 50)

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