Elite Army Units To Stop Taking Mefloquine After FDA Warning of Permanent Brain Damage

As reported on the FDA website (7/29/13), Psychiatric News (9/9/13 Levin) and today on ABC news (9/9/13 Jelinick), the FDA is advising the public about strengthened and updated warnings regarding the serious neurologic and psychiatric side effects associated with the antimalarial drug, mefloquine hydrochloride taken by many soldiers.   As a result, ABC News reports today that “the top doctor for Green Berets and other elite Army commandos has told troops to immediately stop taking mefloquine, an anti-malaria drug found to cause permanent brain damage in rare cases.”

“The neurologic side effects can include dizziness, loss of balance, or ringing in the ears,” said the announcement from the FDA’s Division of Drug Information. “The psychiatric side effects can include feeling anxious, mistrustful, depressed, or having hallucinations.”  The neurologic side effects can occur at any time during drug use, and can last for months to years after the drug is stopped or can be permanent.

A boxed warning, the most serious kind of warning about these potential problems, has been added to  the drug label.

Zoll, Kranz & Borgess, LLC (“ZKB”) specializes in assisting individuals injured or killed from dangerous medical drugs and devices.  If you have been injured by Mefloquine, contact our pharmaceutical drug and device lawyers by calling toll-free 888-841-9623.


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