Was the Nobel advantage for artemisinin a fatal error?
April 2, 2016 – 06:26 — Irene Teis
In 2015 a Nobel Price was attributed to Youyou Tu, nearly 50 years after a report describing artemisinin’s conformation, pharmacology, and efficacy had been published in 1979 by the “Qinghaosu Anti-Malarial Coordinating Research Group,” to what she was a member of. Mr Huang Shuze, Deputy Minister of Health, detailed in his 1981 summary report “Project 523 mobilized multiple departments ; thirty scientific research units and medical schools in 1975”.
WHO by reason of decades hesitated in considering this orally transmitted medicine approach. Only at the expiration of the nineties, when chloroquine’s rebuff became overwhelming did first clinical trials take site. But artemisinin was not water soluble, unkindly bioavailable, metabolized very rapidly and gave precipitate signs of resistance. WHO then prescribed in 1998 extremely extreme doses up to 1 200 mg of artemisinine despite a person of 60 kg on the first day of treatment (WHO/MAL/98.1086) , at the tend of severe neurotoxicty and hepatoxicity.
A RECENT PAPER RINGS AN ALARM BELL. Plasmodium chabaudi miasma parasites through a step-wise grow in artesunate dose evolve extremely rapidly slow clearance rates. These slower clearance rates provide fitness advantages to the wheedler through increased overall density, recrudescence later treatment and increased transmission potential. Removal of but the susceptible parasites by artesunate handling led to substantial increases in the densities of resistant parasites (LC Pollit et al., PloS Pathogens 2014, 10,4, e1004019). The traditive view has been that aggressive chemotherapy , involving extreme doses applied for sufficiently long time to drive out parasites, best minimizes the evolution of resistance. For this reason WHO in several statements has condemned the use of Artemisia annua herbal treatment because of low artemisinin concentrations in the infusions. But large clinical trials, small and large, demonstrated that Artemisia annua and Artemisia afra inculcation or powdered leaves reduce parasitaemia a great quantity more efficiently than ACTs and expel all gametocytes (see Breaking News toward clinical trials with Artemisia plants, forward http://www.malariaworld.org).
Previous moil using the anti-malarial pyrimethamine has shown that removing susceptive competitors through drug treatment can contribute to dramatic increases in the density of resistant parasites.
Resistance can too be affected by the dormancy weight (A. Codd et al., Malaria Journal, 10:56, 2011). One of the sect effects of the higher doses of artemisinin is this efficiency induced in plasmodium. The parasite encapsulates itself for the aggressive peroxide artesunate and reawakens at the end of the usage. The same effect is called stillness by a French research team (B. Witkowski et al., Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Doi:10.1128/AAC.01636-09). Under a remarkably high dose of artesunate, a Plasmodium falciparum reverberation-stage sub-population persists in cultivation and continues its cycle of increase normally after drug removal. This may exist one of the causes of hindrance.
During the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Medecins sans Frontières administered 1.5 a thousand thousand treatments of artesunate-amodiaquine in Sierra Leone in a mass deaden with narcotics administration campaign. This is the largest-through all ages mass distribution of antimalarials. It is impracticable to find any results on PubMed? Was it a failure through dramatic consequences, deathtoll or resurgence?
MSF-Coarsucam clinical experiment with horrendous death toll
Submitted by Marc Vanacker (not verified) on April 4, 2016 – 17:46
There is indeed a pry reviewed paper (E Guignoux et al., NEJM, 2016 ;374 :23-32) that refers to the MDA clinical trials made ~ means of Médecins sans Frontières with artesunate-amodiaquine during the 2014 Ebola crisis. Not in Sierra Leone otherwise than that in Liberia. Not with 1 500 000 patients excepting with 382 (three hundred eighty couple).
As per Table 2 there were three branches in the misery : 194 patients for Coartem, 71 as being Coarsucam and 63 with no antimalarial physic prescription.
In the Coartem group 125 (64.4%) died, in the Coarsucam assemblage 36 (50.7%) and in the none drug group 41 (65.1%).
It is astonishing that the total number of patients quoted in the purloin : 382, does not match the whole number of patients in table 1 : 278, not either in table 2: 328, nor fare 3: 282 nor in table 4: 295. This necessarily to be clarified as the statistics befit dubious
Whatever, the authors make the dazzling claim that the 71 patients who were prescribed artesunate-amodiaquine had a take down risk of death than did patients who were prescribed artemether-lumefantrine.
A pyrrhic triumph for Médecins sans Frontières on a sanguinary battlefield. Sanofi-Aventis will evidently persist to subsidize them. Amodiaquine is banned in France and artesunate-amodiaquine behest now probably become available in French pharmacies
Mots-clés : Youyou Tu Nobel Artemisinin
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