Does the unit-dose packaging of antimalarial drugs reduce treatment failures in people with uncomplicated malaria? Evidence Update, Malaria Series, April 2006
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Orton L, Barnish G. Unit-dose packaged drugs for treating malaria. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD004614. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004614.pub2
There is some evidence that unit-dose packaging combined with training or information may increase adherence, but there are no data on treatment failure.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2