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Les médicaments antipaludiques disponibles dans la ville de Cabinda (Angola) en 2016. / Antimalarial drugs available in the city Cabinda (Angola) in 2016.

Bull Soc Pathol Exot; 110(4): 260-264, 2017 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28887771
Antimalarial drug offerings in the city of Cabinda (Angola) were assessed during the fourth quarter of 2016. Combinations of artemisinin with other effective antimalarial drugs were available free of charge in public health centres, theoretically after a biological validation of the diagnosis of a malaria attack. Private pharmacies offered many products without medical prescription, most of them being ACT (Artemisinin Combined Therapy) but some being Artemisia derivatives alone. The cost of treatment for a presumptive attack varied from 14 to 44 €. The diversity of antimalarial drugs and of their dosages makes it difficult for sellers to provide appropriate recommendations for their use. In the informal sector, sellers offered the same products at similar prices as the formal sector but with the option of purchasing only a part of the treatment. Analgesics and herbal medicine not validated as antimalarial drugs were also available.