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2014-08-12 08:29:21

First shipment marks a critical step in improving access to treatment worldwide PARIS and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (Euronext: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and PATH today announced the delivery of the first large-scale batches of antimalarial treatments manufactured with a new semisynthetic artemisinin derivative to malaria-endemic countries in Africa. The shipment signals a new era of lifesaving drugs made with safe, high-quality, and affordable...

Large-scale Production Of Partially Synthetic Version Of Artemisinin Launched
2013-04-11 15:19:17

University of California - Berkeley Twelve years after a breakthrough discovery in his University of California, Berkeley, laboratory, professor of chemical engineering Jay Keasling is seeing his dream come true. On April 11, the pharmaceutical company Sanofi will launch the large-scale production of a partially synthetic version of artemisinin, a chemical critical to making today's front-line antimalaria drug, based on Keasling's discovery. The drug is the first triumph of the...

2012-12-21 14:31:15

Resistance has cut the useful life of nearly every malaria therapy tried so far Malaria brings misery and death to millions in the developing world each year, and fighting it keeps medical researchers up at night because the mosquito-borne parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the deadliest form of the disease, has developed resistance to every drug thrown at it. Resistance has cut short the useful life of nearly every therapy tried so far, experts say. But now molecular...

2012-05-23 19:14:37

Scientists are reporting development of a new, higher-yield, two-step, less costly process that may ease supply problems and zigzagging prices for the raw material essential for making the mainstay drug for malaria. That disease sickens 300-500 million people annually and kills more than 1 million. The report on the process, which uses readily available substances and could be easily implemented by drug companies, appears in ACS' journal Organic Process Research & Development. David...

Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading, Say Experts
2012-04-08 06:03:37

Scientists have expressed concerns that resistance to the primary treatment for malaria is increasing, potentially putting thousands of additional people at risk of losing their lives to the disease, according to various media reports. According to Brendan Trembath of ABC News Australia, lead researchers Francois Nosten, a researcher at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Thailand, and colleagues reported that they had discovered drug-resistant strains of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite...

2012-01-17 22:35:12

In future it should be possible to produce the best anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, more economically and in sufficient volumes for all patients The most effective anti-malaria drug can now be produced inexpensively and in large quantities. This means that it will be possible to provide medication for the 225 million malaria patients in developing countries at an affordable price. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and the Freie...

2011-11-09 10:05:25

For some time now, artemisinin, derived from a Chinese herb, has been the most powerful treatment available against malaria. To avoid the malaria parasite becoming resistant, the World Health Organisation (WHO) strongly recommends combining artemisinin with another anti-malarial drug. But there are different formulations and derivatives, in different combinations and with dosing schemes. Scientists from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) carried out a head-to-head comparison of four...

2011-04-04 23:31:14

A technique Michael Jackson reportedly used to prolong his youth is showing promise as a way to boost the effectiveness of a natural cancer remedy. An environment of pure oxygen at three-and-a-half times normal air pressure adds significantly to the effectiveness of a natural compound already shown to kill cancerous cells, researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University recently reported in the journal Anticancer Research. The compound artemisinin "“ isolated...

2011-03-15 13:36:29

In the run up to World Malaria Day on the 25th April 2011, BioMed Central's open access journal Malaria Journal takes a long hard look at the development of natural compounds for use in the fight against malaria. There are over 200 million cases of malaria each year with 85% of all cases being children under five years old and, according to the World Health Organisation, in 2009 malaria was responsible for 781,000 deaths worldwide. Low cost treatment is available, 100 million children a year...


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