37. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the development of a new anti-malarial drug, tafenoquine (details supplied); the measures he will take to ensure that this drug is safe; and his plans to ensure that it is not prescribed to Defence Forces personnel unless it has been established that it is appropriate for prescription. (Question 10200/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is a follow up on an issue I have been raising for a number of years in this Chamber, namely, the administration of anti-malarial drugs by the Defence Forces on unsuspecting soldiers. Following on from the withdrawal of the sale of Lariam in Ireland by Roche Products (Ireland) Limited, I am seeking a commitment from the Minister of State that no new drug will not be provided to the Defence Forces unless it has been deemed safe, taking into account the exp...

7. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to publish the recommendations of the latest report of the lariam working group. (Question 3175/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question relates to the working group which was set up before the Minister took up his role looking into the use of lariam within the Defence Forces. The Minister told me last night in a reply to a parliamentary question that the group had made 12 recommendations. When will the report be published and when will we know what those recommendations are? Do the recommendations comply with last June’s Dáil motion that stated lariam should be discontinued as a drug of...

15. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met representatives of the group, Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers, or if he will confirm the date when he will be meeting the group. (Question 33875/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: In a previous debate with me on Lariam, the Minister of State said he had no problem meeting one of the groups that has been active on this matter, Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers. Has he met representatives of that group and if not, when can he meet them?
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22. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the anti-malaria drug, Lariam, was taken off the market here by its manufacturer in July 2016; that the acknowledged side effects of Lariam include anxiety, depression, paranoia and suicidal behaviour; that 50 serving or former members of the Defence Forces have lodged claims against the State having been given the drug; and if he will instruct the Defence Forces to immediately end the use of this controversial drug. (Question 27230/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The reason I raise this issue, similar to the previous question, is I have tabled questions about use of the anti-malaria drug, Lariam, since 2008. Seven Ministers of Defence have taken the same position as the Minister of State, including a number of Fianna Fáil Ministers. It is high time that he instructed the Defence Forces to cease administering the drug to those who are deployed in sub-Saharan Africa.
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27. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the former head of the British army (details supplied) has apologised to British troops who were given the controversial anti-malarial drug Lariam; his views on Irish troops continuing to be prescribed Lariam; and if he will apologise to serving and former members of the Defence Forces who were prescribed Lariam. (Question 27135/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: It is only very rarely that one hears me comment - it is usually in the negative - on British army officers, especially those who served in the North. However, given the comments last month of a former commander-in-chief of the British Army, Mr. Richard Dannatt, who apologised to British soldiers for being in charge when Lariam was prescribed for those operating in sub-Saharan Africa, will the Minister of State consider taking a similar stance, given that former Minist...

15. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when he expects the malaria chemoprophylaxis working group to finalise its report into the prescribing of Lariam to members of the Defence Forces; the progress of the report to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17161/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The purpose of this question is to ask why Lariam is still being issued to Irish soldiers despite the fact that defence forces in many other countries have banned its use, and to ask when the working group that was set up to look into this matter will report back to the Minister and afterwards to the Dáil.
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