Man’s claims malaria drug destroyed his life

A former director of a Dublin computer systems company claims in a High Court action that an anti-malarial drug, Lariam, which he took before honeymooning in Kenya 19 years ago, destroyed his life.

Man’s claims malaria drug destroyed his life

Andrew Bryce, who was represented in court by barrister Andrea Mulligan, is suing Roche Products (Ireland) Ltd; the Tropical Medical Bureau and a medical doctor for damages for allegedly failing to warn him of all of the side effects of the drug.

Barrister Rossa Fanning, counsel for Roche Products, said his client is seeking to have Bryce’s claim dismissed for delay in prosecution.

He told High Court President Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns that Mr Bryce had issued legal proceedings in 1999 and had claimed that his delay in prosecuting his action was allegedly due to poor health since having taken the drug.

Mr Fanning said the company doubted that Mr Bryce’s health condition was as bad as he alleged. It had come to the defendant’s notice that Mr Bryce, playing of a handicap of 12, had since won a golf competition at Royal Dublin Golf Club.

All of the defendants have listed a motion before the High Court on October 13, asking the court to dismiss for want of prosecution Bryce’s claims, which all of the defendants deny .

In his damages claim, Bryce stated he had taken the drug prior to his honeymoon in Kenya in 1996. He alleges he and his wife had been advised they needed to take Lariam. He had heard about side effects but alleged he had been assured this was mainly due to ‘media hype.’

He claims his problem started, after taking the first tablet, with panic attacks and dizziness and his health deteriorated after returning from his honeymoon.

The motion has been adjourned until September 9, with an October 13 hearing.

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