Did you use Lariam during Peace Corps service?


The newsletter of the Columbia River Peace Corps Association printed this announcement.

I have reprinted it here, as I think we are part of the Peace Corps networks!

NPR seeks to interview RPCVs with negative experiences of Lariam

CRPCA’s acting E-update Editor, Bill Stein, had two phone conversations this morning with National Public Radio investigative journalist Daniel Zwerdling, who asked to forward the following information request to Peace Corps networks.

I’m doing stories on the controversial history of mefloquine (the brand name used to be Lariam). Among other issues, I’m examining why the Peace Corps continues to use it widely, even though the US military has pretty much banned it. I’ve interviewed dozens of former volunteers, government officials, researchers at university medical centers in the US and Europe, and others. I’m actually putting the stories together now, but I’m always eager to chat with more people who took it, right up to when the pieces go on the air.

I’m especially interested in chatting with folks who were in the Peace Corps in 1989-1993, as you were among the earliest mefloquine users in the Peace Corps. Could you ask them please to email me at DZwerdling@npr.org or call 202-513-2217?

Also, it’d be great if they feel like filling out this survey:

We’ve received @2000 responses so far.

Many thanks!


Daniel Zwerdling

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