The new strain is especially resistant to artesunate
drugs, one of the world's most common treatment for malaria.
The study concerned versions of such widely used and trusted medications as sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, amodiaquine, mefloquine, artesunate
, artemether, dihydroartemisinin and artemether-lumefantrine fixed-dose combinations.
As an example, the situation involving Artesunate
, an important anti-malarial treatment, is often quoted.
In addition to making arrests, Chinese police seized 24,000 packets of counterfeit artesunate
5) Other drugs, such as atovaquone/proguanil and artesunate
, are not well studied in pregnancy, and therefore are not recommended for use unless other options are not available.
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative in March announced that ASAQ, a fixed-dose combination of artesunate
and amodiaquine, will soon be available throughout the area where the majority of the deadly malaria cases hit.
The drug artesunate
should be the treatment of choice for severe malaria, according to the Southeast Asian Quinine Artesunate
Malaria Trial group.
DNDi and Sanofi-Aventis have initiated the development of a combination of artesunate
They used the one commonly-used drug - pyrimethamine-sulphadoxine and a newer medication called artesunate
On comparison, Artesunate
produced an average percentage reduction of 93.
Tenders are invited for Artesunate
Injection, Disposable Syringe With Needle
for Severe Malaria in Travelers, Europe