Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (99)

Jack Chambers

Question:

99. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces prescribed lariam in the past 12 months; the number prescribed the drug in each of the years 2015 to 2018; if members of the Army Ranger Wing have been prescribed the drug; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45277/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

Information is not readily available for the numbers prescribed Lariam. Patient medical records are confidential and access to prescription information is restricted to medical professionals. Collation of information regarding individual prescriptions would require all Medical Officers in the Defence Forces to examine each medical record for patients treated in the periods in question.

As regards the Army Ranger Wing, the use of anti-malarial drugs is a medical matter that is decided by qualified Defence Forces medical professionals having regard to the specific circumstances of the mission and the individual.