Another Malarial Drug Becoming Resistant?

Recently a study from The Lancet was published identifying the growing spread of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum in Myanmar which has raised concern and may pose a threat on the global control of malaria. If the resistance were to spread in India, then the likelihood of spreading it worldwide would greatly increase. Artemisinin-containing regimens has become standard of care for treating serious infections caused by Plasmodium falciparum since it’s discovery in the 1990’s. Check out the article below from NPR summarizing these recent developments as well as the WHO’s webpage and a prior NEJM article.

“The World Could Be on the Verge of Losing a Powerful Malaria Drug”

WHO – Q&A on Artemisinin Resistance

New England Journal of Medicine – Spread of Artemisinin Resistance in Plasmodium falciparum Malaria