Dogma among researchers exaggerates threat of resistance to best anti-malarial drugs, says expert on World Malaria Day 2013

25 April 2013
Exaggeration over the extent of the malaria parasite’s resistance to the ‘wonder drugs’ artemisinins could jeopardise the fight against the disease, according to a leading expert.

In an opinion article published on World Malaria Day today (25 April 2013) – online in the journal Trends in Parasitology – Professor Sanjeev Krishna of St George’s, University of London argues that much of the evidence of the malaria parasite’s resistance to artemisinin has been misinterpreted. He says this has led to the extent of artemisinin resistance being overstated, and that fears of its demise as an effective treatment are premature.