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Fake artesunate in southeast Asia.

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Artesunate is a key antimalarial drug in the treatment of multidrug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria in southeast Asia. We investigated the distribution of counterfeit artesunate tablets by use of the validated, simple, and inexpensive Fast Red TR dye technique. We also aimed to identify distinguishing characteristics of the fake drugs. Of 104 shop-bought "artesunate" samples from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam, 38% did not contain artesunate. Characteristics su...

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Journal:
Lancet
Volume:
357
Issue:
9272
Pages:
1948-1950
Publication date:
2001-06-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1474-547X
ISSN:
0140-6736
Source identifiers:
14094
Language:
English
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pubs:14094
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uuid:05feb677-d3a0-4b4e-9cc2-68a0b6f98059
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Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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