Lariam Misprescription Claims

Advice and Assistance

If as a member of the Armed Forces you were provided with Lariam, the anti-malarial drug, then you may have suffered side effects such as anxiety, depression, paranoia or suicidal behaviour.

These types of severe side effects have been noted in a number of cases and have given rise to claims against the Ministry Of Defence for compensation.  In early 2016 the MOD apologised and admitted it may well have broken accepted guidelines when prescribing the drug to troops.

The drug was prescribed to approximately 40 per cent of those requiring anti-malarial medication, with prescriptions totalling more than 17,000 from 2007 to 2015.

It is alleged that the drug, also known as Mefloquine Hydrochloride, was not at the time the most effective or appropriate drug available and that basic checks in relation to the recipient’s family medical history with particular reference to depression, convulsion and neuropsychiatric disturbance were not undertaken.

In addition, insufficient warnings were given of the potential side effects such as depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, panic, confusion, hallucinations, paranoid delusions, convulsions, self-endangering behaviour, restlessness and unusual behaviour.

The MOD, like all employers, owes its military personnel a duty of care to ensure their safety and wellbeing whilst in their deployment.

If you feel that you have suffered as a result of taking Lariam, then we may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Where possible we will assemble the evidence needed to show the link between your symptoms and the misprescribing of the drug.

This will include obtaining your medical records to see when it was prescribed, the extent to which you were warned of any possible adverse consequences, the impact the drug has had on you and what, if any, treatment you have received.

Like all claims you have three years from the date of the injury or the date that you became aware that your problems had been caused by the drug to claim. Therefore it is important that you get in touch with us as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of being out of time to make a claim.

To see how we can help you get in touch with us today.

  • Call: Mike Massen on 0113 224 7804
  • Email: mike.massen@cohencramer.co.uk 
  • Complete the contact box at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you

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