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DND data shows thousands given antimalarial drug that veterans are suing the feds over

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The government should reach out to veterans about the military’s policy change and Health Canada warning for mefloquine, which deserves more study, says Tory MP Cathay Wagantall.

A Department of National Defence document shows shows more than 15,000 prescriptions of a controversial antimalarial drug were given to troops before it changed its policy. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan oversees that department. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

New records show members in the Canadian military have received more than 15,000 prescriptions of an antimalarial drug that’s the subject of a lawsuit against the government and parliamentary study into claims of long-lasting harmful effects. And though the military says it’s too difficult to identify the individuals who took the drug, an opposition MP says not enough is being done to reach out to former soldiers to make sure they’re receiving necessary care.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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