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Methylene blue for malaria in Africa: results from a dose-finding study in combination with chloroquine

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, October 2006
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Methylene blue for malaria in Africa: results from a dose-finding study in combination with chloroquine
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Malaria Journal, October 2006
DOI 10.1186/1475-2875-5-84
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Peter E Meissner, Germain Mandi, Boubacar Coulibaly, Steffen Witte, Théophile Tapsoba, Ulrich Mansmann, Jens Rengelshausen, Wolfgang Schiek, Albrecht Jahn, Ingeborg Walter-Sack, Gerd Mikus, Jürgen Burhenne, Klaus-Dieter Riedel, R Heiner Schirmer, Bocar Kouyaté, Olaf Müller


The development of safe, effective and affordable drug combinations against malaria in Africa is a public health priority. Methylene blue (MB) has a similar mode of action as chloroquine (CQ) and has moreover been shown to selectively inhibit the Plasmodium falciparum glutathione reductase. In 2004, an uncontrolled dose-finding study on the combination MB-CQ was performed in 435 young children with uncomplicated falciparum malaria in Burkina Faso (CQ monotherapy had a > 50% clinical failure rate in this area in 2003). Three serious adverse events (SAE) occurred of which one was probably attributable to the study medication. In the per protocol safety analysis, there were no dose specific effects. The overall clinical and parasitological failure rates by day 14 were 10% [95% CI (7.5%, 14.0%)] and 24% [95% CI (19.4%, 28.3%)], respectively. MB appears to have efficacy against malaria, but the combination of CQ-MB is clearly not effective in the treatment of malaria in Africa.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 2%
Portugal 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 99 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 16 16%
Student > Master 15 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 12%
Student > Bachelor 12 12%
Other 10 10%
Other 21 20%
Unknown 17 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 23 22%
Chemistry 16 16%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 5 5%
Other 17 17%
Unknown 23 22%

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