The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Artesunate: a potent antimalarial treatment

    Artesunate comes from qinghaosu, the sweet wormwood bush (Artemisia annua). It’s a fast-acting antimalarial drug discovered by Chinese scientists in the early 1970s.

    Artesunate is often referred to as the most efficient malaria parasite killer ever discovered.

    However, it’s short-lived action after taking a dose requires using it with another longer-lasting drug in order to kill any parasites that survive it’s initial effect.

    A review of artesunate’s history, cost, and role as a treatment for malaria is found in The Scientist.

    The pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis sponsors a website called Impact Malaria. Lots of information about this disease can be found there. Also, see The Medical Journal of Australia website for more information on artesunate.

    12/4/06 17:34 JR

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