Malaria medicines: a glass half full?

Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2015 Jun;14(6):424-42. doi: 10.1038/nrd4573. Epub 2015 May 22.


Despite substantial scientific progress over the past two decades, malaria remains a worldwide burden that causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. New, affordable and safe drugs are required to overcome increasing resistance against artemisinin-based treatments, treat vulnerable populations, interrupt the parasite life cycle by blocking transmission to the vectors, prevent infection and target malaria species that transiently remain dormant in the liver. In this Review, we discuss how the antimalarial drug discovery pipeline has changed over the past 10 years, grouped by the various target compound or product profiles, to assess progress and gaps, and to recommend priorities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antimalarials / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Discovery / trends*
  • Global Health / trends*
  • Humans
  • Malaria / diagnosis
  • Malaria / drug therapy*
  • Malaria / epidemiology*


  • Antimalarials