Journal article

Treatment with Coartem (Artemether-Lumefantrine) in Papua New Guinea

Sonja Schoepflin, Enmoore Lin, Benson Kiniboro, Jeana T DaRe, Rajeev K Mehlotra, Peter A Zimmerman, Ivo Mueller, Ingrid Felger

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE | Published : 2010


A recent drug efficacy trial reported Coartem (artemether-lumefantrine) to be highly effective against Plasmodium falciparum in children less than 5 years of age in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In contrast, we have observed high levels of treatment failures in non-trial conditions in a longitudinal cohort study in the same age group in PNG. Recrudescences were confirmed by genotyping of three different marker genes to provide optimal discrimination power between parasite clones. After excluding genetic host factors by genotyping potentially relevant cytochrome P450 loci, the high number of treatment failures in our study is best explained by poor adherence to complex dosing regimens in combinatio..

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