Malaria impacts millions of people every year and if you’re traveling to a malaria-prone part of the world, chances are you’re going to be prescribed an anti-malarial drug.  However, some people take anti-malarials and then develop a disease called “quinism” (pronounced kwin-iz-uhm) which is directly linked to the use of medications from the quinoline class of drugs.  Dr. Remington Nevin joins the show to talk about this and what needs to be done to protect public health.

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Dr. Remington Nevin is a Vermont-based physician epidemiologist and expert consultant in the adverse effects of antimalarial drugs, particularly mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam®) and tafenoquine (marketed as Krintafel® and Arakoda™). Dr. Nevin is board certified in Occupational Medicine and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  A former U.S. Army Major and Preventive Medicine Officer with extensive travel medicine and policy experience, Dr. Nevin serves as Executive Director of The Quinism Foundation. 

The Quinism Foundation (www.quinism.org) is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes and supports education and research on quinism, the family of medical disorders caused by poisoning by mefloquine, tafenoquine, and related quinoline drugs.

Symptoms of neuropsychiatric quinism (also known as chronic quinoline encephalopathy) can mimic those of several psychiatric and neurologic disorders including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Read up on this one investigation about vets who took an anti-malarial drugs:  “Vets say anti-malarial drugs they were ordered to take caused devastating side effects” by WUSA television reporters Andrea McCarren and Chelsea Cirruzzo.

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