Assessing the quality of anti-malarial drugs from Gabonese pharmacies using the MiniLab®: a field study

by Benjamin J Visser, Janneke Meerveld-Gerrits, Daniëlle Kroon et al.
Malaria Journal 2015, 14:273 (15 July 2015)

13 pp. 1.4 MB
http://www.malariajournal.com/content/pdf/s12936-015-0795-z.pdflogo

Recent studies alluded to the alarming scale of poor anti-malarial drug quality in malaria-endemic countries, but also illustrated the major geographical gaps in data on anti-malarial drug quality from endemic countries. Data are particularly scarce from Central Africa, although it carries the highest burden of malaria. The authors conclude that using the GPHF Minilab®, the prevalence of poor-quality anti-malarial drugs is far lower than anticipated. The findings emphasize the need for randomized and robust sampling methods in order to collect representative data on anti-malarial drug quality.

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