Thanks to Felicia for posting the info about OWCP to the Lariam group on
Yahoo. I'm co-director of Lariam Action USA. We've been working with PC
sufferers for ten years. We even had a booth at the PC's 40th anniversary
sessions in Washington, DC and met many of you Lariam survivors in person.
A concerted effort might get the PC to develop a consistent policy about
Not only must they agree to follow the requirements on the drug label, but
they must acknowledge the damage to RPCVs so people can be treated and
compensated. It's criminal to deny responsibility for what happens when PC
volunteers become ill because of medication the Peace Corps required you to
Someone mentioned contacting Sen Charles Schumer for assistance. Other
people in congress have strong PC connections. You need to identify the one
who will be your champion.
The fact is the drug is much too strong to use for prevention. Since it's
given to healthy people, the risks are too great. Especially when other
safer equally effective drugs are available! Whoever said there's not enough
research is wrong. For the true picture, read "A Lesson Learnt: the rise and
fall of Lariam and Halfan"
Lariam Action USA will be glad to help you but we can't do it for you. We're
a small volunteer organization ourselves. You might consider using the
documentary "Taken As Directed" to help you present your case. A Peace Corps
volunteer is one of the 5 survivors whose stories are told in the film
www.takenasdirected.com. Her story of dealing with the PC over Lariam is
Co-director, Lariam Action USA
Co-producer, Taken As Directed