Artemisinin-based combination therapy in the treatment of uncomplicated malaria: review of recent regulatory experience at the European Medicines Agency

Int Health. 2015 Jul;7(4):239-46. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihv017. Epub 2015 Apr 8.


Malaria remains a major public health challenge with almost half of the world's population exposed to the risk of contracting the illness. Prompt, effective and well tolerated treatment remains one of the cornerstones in the disease management, with artemisinin-based combination therapy the recommended option for non-severe malaria in endemic areas with predominant Plasmodium falciparum infections.Recent experience has been obtained at the European Medicines Agency with regulatory approval of two such antimalarial fixed combination products. For these cases, two different regulatory pathways were applied. As such, the present contribution describes this experience, emphasising main differences and applicability offered by these regulatory choices.

Keywords: Artemisinin; Article 58; European Medicines Agency; Malaria; Orphan drug; Prequalification of Medicines Programme.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antimalarials / therapeutic use*
  • Artemisinins / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Drug and Narcotic Control*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Malaria / drug therapy
  • Malaria / parasitology
  • Malaria, Falciparum / drug therapy*
  • Malaria, Falciparum / parasitology
  • Plasmodium falciparum


  • Antimalarials
  • Artemisinins
  • artemisinin