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Table I.

Important dates in the history of artemisinin.

Date Actors Action
circa 0000 Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors Empirical usage of wormwood for fevers
23/05/1967 Chinese government (Mao Tse-toung?) Launch of the 523 malaria research programme
1971 AMMS*; Shangaï Institute of Materia medica Isolation of artemisinin from wormwood
1972–75 AMMS*; Shangaï Institute of Materia medica Synthesis of artemether, artesunate and DHA
1980’s Wellcome Trust Information to the world
1989 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Paluther (IM artemether)
1992 Novartis Coartem (artemether – lumefantrine)
2006 WHO ACT recommended as first line treatment

AMMS: Academy of Military Medical Sciences.

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