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Subsidies for malaria treatment could save 25,000 lives a month

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:569
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Subsidies for combination treatments in countries where malaria is endemic are urgently needed to forestall drug resistance and save lives, warns a paper published this week.

    A subsidy of only $100m (£57m; €83m) to $200m for artemisinin based combination drugs might be needed, said Ramanan Laxminarayan, from Resources for the Future, a non-profit, independent organisation based in Washington, DC, and the paper's lead author.

    He said that if such a subsidy programme was implemented within three months, up to 25 000 lives a month could be saved (Health Affairs2006;25:325-36).

    Dr Laxminarayan, whose …

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