Prescription drugs derived from the Artemisia annua plant show very limited benefit in improving cancer treatment outcomes.
Affordability and access
- Artemisinin-derived drugs require a prescription from a licensed physician in the US.
Drugs derived from Artemisia annua
- 10-(4-phenyl-1H-1,2,3- triazol)-artemisinin (5a)
- Artelinic acid
- Dihydroartemisinin (DHA)
Where to access
Artemisinin-derived drugs are available by prescription in the US for use with patients who have a documented case of severe malaria. Any other use is considered off-label. Artesunate is used widely in European cancer clinics providing complementary therapies.
- Very expensive (between $2000 US and $50,000 US/year) for a course of treatment for malaria;1Frosch AEP, Ahiskali A, John CC. Unaffordable treatment for severe malaria highlights U.S. drug market pitfalls. Stat. June 11, 2021. Viewed November 22, 2022. the cost for effective cancer treatment could be more.
- Insurance coverage for cancer treatment is unlikely.
Keep reading about artemisinin-based drugs
|1||Frosch AEP, Ahiskali A, John CC. Unaffordable treatment for severe malaria highlights U.S. drug market pitfalls. Stat. June 11, 2021. Viewed November 22, 2022.|