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  • FourDirect@aol.com
    In a message dated 6/21/2005 11:42:25 AM Eastern Standard Time, ... Felicia, I know that many people have had problems with Lariam and that its ill-effects are
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 21, 2005
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      In a message dated 6/21/2005 11:42:25 AM Eastern Standard Time, felicia@... writes:


      I have actually had much less trouble with the OWCP than
      with the Peace Corps.  The Peace Corps has denied from the
      beginning that Lariam/Mefloquine causes any problems
      (despite the FDA and drug maker warnings).  However, the
      nurse assigned to me by the OWCP has been great.  I've had
      trouble with doctors too, as there are plenty who just
      want to prescribe antidepressants regardless of the
      problem, so I've spent energy fighting them too.  The good
      news is that the OWCP may actually buckle and send me to
      go see a specialist in LA, since there are very few
      doctors who know anything about the effects of Lariam. --
      Felicia


      Felicia,

      I know that many people have had problems with Lariam and that its ill-effects are well-documented. I agree that Peace Corps has been very uncooperative in recent years. I am glad that you feel positive about going to LA to the specialist the OWCP has referred you to and hopefully that will strengthen your claim.
      Best,
      Nancy
    • jeanne lese
      Friends, 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
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 17, 2007
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        Friends,
        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
        Lariam.
        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
        take.

        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"
        http://www.lariaminfo.org/pages/pdfs/alessonlearntlariamhalfancroft.pdf
        (4-07) and
        http://www.medicationsense.com/articles/jan_apr_07/lariam062007.html.

        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
        classic.

        Jeanne Lese
        Co-director, Lariam Action USA
        Co-producer, Taken As Directed
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