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Australian students reproduce $750 malaria drug for just $2 per dose

• Search for a universal malaria vaccine has been on for several years. The World Health Organisation, WHO, says malaria vaccines are considered amongst the most important modalities for potential prevention of malaria disease and reduction of malaria transmission.

A group of Australian students successfully reproduced an active ingredient for a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug called pyrimethamine, the active ingredient in Daraprim (once used as an antimalarial, now primarily used to treat toxoplasmosis and cystoisosporiasis) for just $2 per dose. The drug’s current list price is $750 a dose.

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