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A stratified random survey of the proportion of poor quality oral artesunate sold at medicine outlets in the Lao PDR - implications for therapeutic failure and drug resistance.

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BACKGROUND: Counterfeit oral artesunate has been a major public health problem in mainland SE Asia, impeding malaria control. A countrywide stratified random survey was performed to determine the availability and quality of oral artesunate in pharmacies and outlets (shops selling medicines) in the Lao PDR (Laos). METHODS: In 2003, 'mystery' shoppers were asked to buy artesunate tablets from 180 outlets in 12 of the 18 Lao provinces. Outlets were selected using stratified random sampling by i...

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10.1186/1475-2875-8-172

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Small Grants Scheme of the British Embassy, Bangkok
Publisher:
BioMed Central
Journal:
Malaria Journal More from this journal
Volume:
8
Issue:
1
Article number:
172
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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1475-2875
ISSN:
1475-2875
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English
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2690
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2012-12-19

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