“Experts say it may only be a matter of time before the highly adaptable malaria parasite evolves to outsmart the compound artemisinin, which is currently the best – and last – line of defence against the disease.”
“At the same time, there are worrying signs that the malaria parasite in parts of Southeast Asia is becoming resistant to artemisinin, which is the mainstay of combination therapy for as many as 100 million patients world-wide.”
“The drug that is most effective at treating malaria is called artemisinin: it shocks the parasite out of your system and saves your life.”
“If approved, Coartem would be the first so-called artemisinin-based combination therapy, or ACT, for malaria on the U.S. market.”
“Now, this plant is an Artemisia plant, it's the basic component for artemisinin, which is the best-known treatment for malaria.”
“So, a team of Berkeley researchers with 15 million dollars from the Gates Foundation is engineering, designing a radical new way to make the key ingredient, called artemisinin, and they're going to make that drug 10 times cheaper.”
“Medical workers are turning to a new drug called artemisinin, derived from a herb indigenous to Asia.”
“So scientists began mixing it with slower but more persistent drugs, creating what is now called artemisinin combination therapy.”
“Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria - and in recent years, there have been major successes, "Science reports in a piece that attributes such successes to" the widespread introduction of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying, and a new generation of drugs called artemisinin-based combination therapies”
“In recent years a new type of treatment called artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs) has transformed the treatment of malaria, but if not used properly the medicine could become ineffective.”
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