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Table 1 Artemisin-containing oral pharmaceutical products obtained from registered pharmacies in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 2005

From: Putting the genie back in the bottle? Availability and presentation of oral artemisinin compounds at retail pharmacies in urban Dar-es-Salaam

Product/active ingredient(s) Formulation Country of origin* 2005 availability
(n = 29)
Named in the top 3 sellers
in 2005 (n = 28)
Mean selling
price 2005
1. artemether/lumefantrine 20/120 mg tablets, co-formulated Switzerland 21 (72.4%) 5 (17.9%) $ 7.59
2. artesunate and mefloquine 200 mg and 250 mg tablets, co-packaged Switzerland 17 (58.6%) 0 $ 7.05
3. artesunate 50 mg tablets China 6 (20.7%) 0 $ 4.62
4. artesunate 50 mg tablets France 24 (82.8%) 7 (25.0%) $ 5.48
5. artesunate 50 mg tablets Switzerland 8 (27.6%) 0 $ 5.26
6. artesunate 50 mg tablets Belgium 28 (96.6%) 3 (10.7%) $ 3.53
7. artesunate 50 mg tablets India 17 (58.6%) 0 $ 2.51
8. artesunate 100 mg tablets Belgium 28 (96.6%) 28 (100%) $ 4.99
9. artesunate 100 mg tablets Tanzania 7 (24.1%) 1 (3.6%) $ 2.19
10. artesunate 100 mg tablets Tanzania 20 (69.0%) 6 (21.4%) $ 1.92
11. artesunate 100 mg tablets Kenya 2 (6.9%) 0 $ 2.31
12. artesunate 200 mg tablets Switzerland 19 (65.5%) 1 (3.6%) $ 6.72
13. artemether 40 mg tablets India 8 (27.6% 0 0 $ 2.24
14. artemether 50 mg tablets China 24 (82.8%) 15 (53.6%) $ 4.74
15. artemether 180 mg/60 ml suspension Belgium 18 (62.1%) 0 $ 4.65
16. artemether 300 mg/100 ml suspension Belgium 3 (10.3%) 0 $ 5.75
17. dihydroartemisinin 60 mg tablets Korea 18 (62.1%) 0 $ 4.36
18. dihydroartemisinin 60 mg tablets China 25 (86.2%) 9 (35.7%) $ 4.55
19. dihydroartemisinin 160 mg/80 ml suspension China 20 (69.0%) 0 $ 4.18
  1. *Country of origin refers to the address of the company holding registration for this product in Tanzania (with the exception of product 11 which was not registered in the country). In some cases drugs that are produced in Asia are packaged and distributed by pharmaceutical partners in Africa and Europe. This information was not consistently provided.
  2. On 15 July 2005 = US $1.00 = 1188 Tanzania shillings