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WHO ultimatum on artemisinin monotherapy is showing results

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1176
  1. Christiane Rehwagen
  1. BMJ

    The three month ultimatum to the pharmaceutical industry to stop selling the single dose form of the malaria drug artemisinin has started producing results, the World Health Organization has said. It announced last week that 13 out of 40 manufacturers of oral artemisinin monotherapies have agreed to comply with its recommendation to phase out the single drug oral treatment and to focus instead on artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs). The ultimatum was issued in January by Arata Kochi, director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.

    Artemisinin is about 90% effective in curing uncomplicated malaria and therefore in high …

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