In brief: Malaria drug action gets LAB backing

The Legal Aid Board has awarded funds to Bristol firm Lawrence Tucketts to pursue a compensation claim against the manufacturers of the anti-malaria drug Larium. The claim is made against the Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche on behalf of hundreds of sufferers who allege severe side-effects from taking the drug. The controversy over Larium arose in November 1995 following a report on BBC TV's Watchdog programme.