Alberta soldiers who took 'distressing' malaria drug sought for lawsuit
Countless soldiers suffered terrible side-effects in 'botched clinical trial'
Alberta soldiers who believe they were harmed by anti-malarial medication commonly prescribed during overseas deployments in the 1990s are being recruited for a massive legal case against the federal government.
Some soldiers who took the drug mefloquine complain it caused long-term brain damage and lasting side-effects, including night terrors, mood swings, panic attacks, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.
Two law firms, which represent military veterans planning to launch legal action against the government, estimate that thousands of Canadian soldiers may be eligible for compensation.
'You did not have a choice'
"Some of the most common side-effects — and most distressing side-effects — are the vivid nightmares and hallucinations, coupled with anxiety and paranoia," said Paul Miller, a partner with the Toronto-based law firm Howie Sacks & Henry.
"Some of them, when I asked them to describe their dreams, they couldn't. They just broke down and started crying."
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Howie Sacks & Henry, a personal injury firm, has partnered with another Toronto firm, Waddell Phillips, to bring forward individual claims for any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was prescribed mefloquine.
The firm is holding an information session at the Kingsway Legion in Edmonton on Saturday as part of a national effort to find former mefloquine users.
Soldiers were part of a clinical trial that didn't follow proper procedure and they deserve compensation, Miller said. The lawsuits