Effects of alpha-thalassemia on pharmacokinetics of the antimalarial agent artesunate.

Thalassemia is common in Southeast Asia, where artemisinin derivatives are frequently used in the treatment of malaria. It has been previously reported that artemisinin derivatives can be concentrated by uninfected thalassemic erythrocytes in vitro but not by normal erythrocytes. As a follow-up to this report, we studied the antimalarial kinetics of… (More)