(By Adebayo Oladejo)
A researcher and malaria expert, Pharm. Seun Onasanya, recently disclosed to Pharmanews, in an exclusive interview that dealing with the scourge of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa would require an antimalarial drug that is both effective and affordable.
“Successful malaria control depends greatly on treatment with efficacious anti-malarial drugs” he said.“And when we are talking about antimalarial drug that has potency and that is cost effective, I will recommend Artcop-DS.”
Shedding more light on the unique features of Artcop-DS, Onasanya, who is also a member of Malaria World, the world’s largest scientific and social malaria network for malaria professionals, said the product is a fixed dose artemisinin-based combination therapy and each tablet contains artemisinin 62.5 milligram and piperaquine 375 milligram.”
He added that the drug is effective against the drug resistant P.Falciparummalaria, stressing that it is well-tolerated and has rapid action, low toxicity and offers a short-course treatment.
“Artemisinin in Artcop-DS tablets has powerful and quick parasiticidal effect on those parasites in intraerythrocyte stage. Moreover, its efficacy is much quicker”, he stated.
He further added thatArtcop-DS is a four-tablet dose that would be taken within 24 hours. According to him, within those hours, “over 97 percent of the malaria parasites will be cleared off from the system.”