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Malaria chemotherapy

Winstanley, P. and Ward, Stephen ORCID: (2006) 'Malaria chemotherapy'. Advances in Parasitology, Vol 61, pp. 47-76.

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Most malaria control strategies today depend on safe and effective drugs, as they have done for decades. But sensitivity to chloroquine, hitherto the workhorse of malaria chemotherapy, has rapidly declined throughout. the tropics since the 1980s, and this drug is now useless in many high-transmission areas. New options for resource-constrained governments are few, and there is growing evidence that the burden from malaria has been increasing, as has malaria mortality in Africa.
In this chapter, we have tried to outline the main pharmacological properties of current drugs, and their therapeutic uses and limitations. We have summarised the ways in which these drugs are employed, both in the formal health sector and in self-medication. We have briefly touched on the limitations of current drug development, but have tried to pick out a few promising drugs that are under development.
Given that Plasmodium falciparum is the organism that kills, and that has developed multi-drug resistance, we have tended to focus upon it. Similarly, given that around 90% of global mortality from malaria occurs in Africa, there is the tendency to dwell on this continent. We give no apology for placing our emphasis upon the use of antimalarial drugs in endemic populations rather than their use for prophylaxis in travellers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: plasmodium-falciparum malaria placebo-controlled trial pyrimethamine-sulfadoxine artemether-lumefantrine chloroquine resistance parenteral quinine african children drug-resistance amodiaquine artesunate
Subjects: QV Pharmacology > Drug Standardization. Pharmacognosy. Medicinal Plants > QV 771 Standardization and evaluation of drugs
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 765 Prevention and control
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology Group
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Depositing User: Ms Julia Martin
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 09:54
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:02


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