Title Senate inquiry into Defence malaria drug trials hands down report Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet Brisbane Times Media type Country/Territory Australia Date 08/12/18 Description Veterans who experienced crippling mental and physical symptoms for nearly 20 years after controversial Australian Defence Force malaria drug trials say they are "disappointed" and "no better off" after a Senate inquiry's report into their experiences was released.
In its report, the committee acknowledged “the symptoms are real” and many veterans given the drugs had since been severely affected with neurological symptoms frequently misdiagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Professor Quinn said while there were some positives in the report, such as the outreach program for veterans, she was concerned that those who were already "suffering and disenfranchised" and had come forward to tell the Senate of their experiences would feel even more alienated by the report.
"They’ve now put their stories on the table, suffered again in public and they’re absolutely no better off than they were before," she said.
URL https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/senate-inquiry-into-defence-malaria-drug-trials-hands-down-report-20181206-p50ko8.html Persons Jane Quinn
- senate inquiry
- drug trials