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    Because of a deal between the U.S. government and Roche, all government agencies prescribe Lariam, or mefloquine, to employees in regions where malaria exists. Lariam causes a host of brain-related disorders which, not surprisingly, have appeared in our troops: anxiety, psychotic behavior, hallucinations and suicidal ideation. Last year, researchers at Walter Reed discovered that it causes brain cell death in rats at prophylaxis doses equivalent to those used in humans. The chances are very good that any one taking Lariam is suffering from irreversible brain damage.

    The U.S. is committed to keeping the drug on the market, since it is the only drug that emerged from a costly, post-Vietnam Army research program to find a new anti-malarial drug. It's made Consumer Reports list of the top 10 drugs the FDA should never have approved. (Not surprisinly, it never went through Phase II testing.)

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