Archive - March 12, 2015

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Peace Corps Malaria Policy – PCVs and RPCVs respond 0n Peace Corps’ Passport Blog
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Patrick McClanahan (Mozambique 2010-12) Fights Mefloquine and the Peace Corps

Peace Corps Malaria Policy – PCVs and RPCVs respond 0n Peace Corps’ Passport Blog

On August 13, 2013, the  Peace Corps Medical Director addressed the new FDA warnings on the anti-malaria drug,  mefloquine hydrochloride.  His statement was posted on the Peace Corps’s official blog, Passport.  Usually there are no responses to posts on the Passport blog as it usually is informative, but not interactive. For this article, however, PCVs and RPCVsc did comment and those  are important.  To read the article, without the formatting distractions, here is the text to link to: http://passport.peacecorps.gov/2013/08/09/staying-safe-preventing-malaria/ Here is the article,copied and pasted.  The formatting may be distracting. Staying safe, preventing malaria BY PEACE CORPS ON AUGUST 9, 2013 • ( 10 COMMENTS ) By Barry G. Simon, M.D., Peace Corps Medical Director, Office of Medical Services Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its warning label on the anti-malarial drug mefloquine hydrochloride, and there has been a surge in news coverage lately about the side . . .

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Patrick McClanahan (Mozambique 2010-12) Fights Mefloquine and the Peace Corps

Patrick McClanahan (Mozambique 2010-12) joined the Peace Corps in September 2010, shortly after graduating from Penn State with a degree in physics. While in Mozambique, he taught 11th grade math in the village of Machanga along the banks of the Rio Save. His service was cut short by a reaction to the antimalarial medication mefloquine. The effects of this drug left him unable to work for months after returning to the US and they still affect him to this day. When Patrick returned home, he quickly learned that his experience with mefloquine in the Peace Corps was not unique, nor even unusual — but it was preventable. There are safer options to the drug, and since returning it has been his goal to protect future Volunteers from the harm that he and countless others have experienced. The following is a note that Patrick sent me. For Patrick it began last . . .

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