Asylum seeker malaria drug concerns
Salvation Army worker Simon Taylor claims staff were warned not to take Mefloquine, also known as Lariam, because of adverse health effects.
But a spokesperson for the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection says neither the department nor International Health and Medical Services have warned staff to avoid the drug.
Mefloquine is one of several types of anti malarials available and detainees are assessed by IHMS clinical team members before being prescribed with any medication, the spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
Mr Taylor says in a submission to a Senate inquiry that asylum seekers were given the drug despite warnings about it to the staff.
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration warns it should not be prescribed to people with a history of depression, anxiety disorders or other major psychiatric illness.
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