Veterans: Mefloquine

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Stirrup Lord Stirrup Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) identify, (2) monitor, and (3) assist, those veterans who were prescribed mefloquine while in the military before the introduction of recent safeguards.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Any veteran presenting to his or her National Health Service general practitioner (GP) with side effects of any medication will receive care in line with national guidelines.

In making a clinical judgement about any patient, the GP will consider a number of factors, including relevant medical history, and will be treated appropriately. GP registration forms include a section to complete if a patient has served in the armed forces. Armed forces’ medical records can be accessed by NHS clinicians.

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