A combination of artemisinin and naphthoquine drugs could help in treatment of malaria caused by multiple parasite species in children, found a new research.
The Study done by University of Western Australia examined children with Plasmodium falciparum infections and some with Plasmodium vivax infections, and found that artemisinin-naphthoquine was non-inferior than artemether-lumefantrine for treating Plasmodium falciparum, but was more effective for treating Plasmodium vivax.
The research explained that there are two species of Papua New Guinea i.e. Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax that are responsible for the majority of malaria infections and similarly have two different anti-malarial drugs.
Tim Davis of University of Western Australia concluded that the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of three daily doses of artemisinin-naphthoquine should be considered together with other currently available effective combination therapies for treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Papua New Guinea and similar epidemiologic settings with transmission of multiple Plasmodium species
The research is published in PLOS Medicine.