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MALARIA VIDEO: New Malaria Treatment Easier, Just as Safe (Interview with Dr. Stephan Duparc, MD, Medicines For Malaria Venture)
MALARIA VIDEO: New Malaria Treatment Easier, Just as Safe (Interview with Dr. Stephan Duparc, MD, Medicines For Malaria Venture)

(April 22, 2010 - Insidermedicine)

A new treatment regimen that only needs to be taken once a day is as effective as the gold standard twice daily therapy for malaria, according to a study published in The Lancet.

Here are some facts about malaria:

•    It is a disease caused by infection with a parasite that is transmitted via mosquito bites

•    About 3.3 billion people, half the world’s population, are at risk for malaria

•    In Africa, 20% of deaths in childhood are related to malaria

Researchers out of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo randomly assigned over 2,000 children and adults with a common form of malaria to treatment with either a novel combination of the two drugs pyronaridine plus artesunate given once a day or the current standard therapy of artemether plus lumefantrine given twice a day.

In the final analysis that involved over 1,000 participants, 99.5% of patients taking the new once daily drug regimen responded to their treatment, compared with 99.2% of those taking the standard twice daily drug regimen. The risk of adverse events was similar for both drugs.

We spoke to Dr. Stephan Duparc from Geneva, one of the investigators of this study, who offered some further insight.

Today’s research suggests there is a new, easier to take treatment regimen for malaria that is at least as safe and effective as the standard regimen.

 
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