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Artemisinin

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Artemisinin is a fast acting and highly effective anti malarial drug derived from the plant Artemesia Annua L (sweet wormwood, also known as the Chinese herbal Qinghao).

To guarantee the effectiveness of artemisinin, it is best used in combination with a longer-acting partner drug.

Source: GreenFacts, based on The Artemisinin Enterprise, About us 

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An Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is a combination of artemisinin or one of its derivatives with one or several antimalarial drugs of a different class.

The WHO recommends the use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in order to ensure high cure rates of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and to reduce the spread of drug resistance.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Drug resistance - Malaria - Plasmodium falciparum

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GreenFacts Summary on Malaria status & challenges of the epidemic:

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Nederlands: Artemisinine

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