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Halofantrine is a commonly prescribed drug used to treat severe malaria. It was first marketed in 1998, and was widely used - treating more than 20 million patients up to 2005. ( Source: Malaria Journal, 8: 289. )

It's sold under the brand names Halfan and others. It has a large range of adverse side effects - including severe interactions with other medicinal drugs, and with grapefruit juice. It's not currently licenced for use in the US or UK.

Its mechanism of action is unknown.

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Artesunate is a widely prescribed drug used to treat severe malaria infections. It was developed in the mid 1970s, and is now on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.

It was originally derived from Artemisinin , a compound extracted f…

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