Malaria - a rising global threat

Despite its small size, the mosquito is the most dangerous animal to have caused maximum human deaths. According to the most recent estimates from World Health Organization, about 50% of the world’s population is at risk of Malaria. In the year 2015, 215 million cases of malaria registered of which resulted in 4,38,000 deaths.

 What is Malaria?

Malaria is an infection caused in Red Blood cells (RBCs) by a parasite called Plasmodium.  Plasmodium falciparum is the most potent parasite reported to have cause Malaria. Other less known species that cause Malaria are Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium knowlesi.

 Once the parasites enter your body, they mature in the liver. These mature parasites later infect the RBCs. 

Commonly known symptoms of Malaria are malaise,  vomiting, and fever with chills.  Unavailability of treatment can worsen the symptoms and cause anaemia, hypoglycemia and Cerebral Malaria (obstructs supply of blood to the brain).  Severe complication like cerebral Malaria can cause coma, can hamper the learning abilities for a lifetime and even cause death. 

 Who are at an increased risk?

Of the total deaths reported in the last year, 90% solely occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa region.  People travelling to Africa are at a higher risk for the disease.  Also,  pregnant women and children with compromised immunity are at an increased risk.

 Diagnosis and treatment

Primary symptoms cannot alone confirm the presence of the parasite since they are nonspecific in nature.

Early diagnosis is crucial for a patient's quick recovery from the disease. The confirmation of the parasite can only be done by microscopy analysis of blood sample or rapid diagnostic test.

The most commonly prescribed antimalarials include Chloroquine,  Quinine Sulfate,  Hydroxychloroquine,  mefloquine and a combination of Atovaquone and Proguanil. 

 Antimalarial prophylaxis -  the new prevention

Malarial Prophylaxis is the preventive treatment for Malaria. While there are several oral medications prescribed for it, pharmaceutical companies are working hard on developing vaccines for it. Travelling to Malaria endemic countries increases the risk of contracting the infection; therefore malarial prophylaxis becomes mandatory. 

The region visited, the length of stay, time of visit, primary protection against mosquitoes are all important factors that influence the choice of medication for prophylaxis.

Malarial prophylaxis causes a lot of side-effects like diarrhoea, blurred vision, nausea, and heartburn. Some of the medication also cause adverse neurological effects such as insomnia, mental clouding, vivid dreams, dizziness, anxiety and coordination problems. Antimalarial Prophylaxis is a range of preventive medication for Malaria introduced by ANP Pharma.

 The world is walking towards a significant progress against malaria. The global mortality rate for malaria dropped by 60 percent since 2000 but its a long way to go. Through continued strong global leadership and smart investments in life-saving tools and innovations, we can put a stop to malaria.

Pharmaceutical Wholesalers- The Trusted Source of Essential Supplies

So long as there is a need to maintain optimal health and general wellness among the population, pharmaceutical wholesalers remain important players in the healthcare products supply system. Whether it’s reaching the most remote locations around the globe such as marine and offshore establishments or medical facilities and dispensing pharmacies in the neighbourhood, the role of bulk medical products suppliers remain huge.

Unlike retail drug selling outlets or pharmacies concerned with typical over the counter supplies and prescription medication among other related products, pharmaceutical wholesalers provide much more and in bigger proportions. Depending on the requirements of a customer say a chemist they can accommodate distinct needs for the supply of various products to international scale.

Well, the role is not only about supplying drugs and equipment necessary for saving lives and maintaining good health. A dependable wholesaler not only builds a reliable distribution but also strives to provide the necessary product information to ensure safe and appropriate use. Similarly, wholesale pharmaceutical dealers strive to keep expected standards and specifications for supplying medicines. In other words, they not only maintain quality but they also work to ensure ethical practices are observed. Consequently, the end products that reach consumers are in the best possible shape and at competitive prices.

One advantage of using the services of reputable pharmaceutical wholesaler worth highlighting is the reliable distribution network. Ideally, whether it is a hospital or pharmacy in need of products for day to day use or entities looking to cater for emergencies, they remain the go-to supplier of a complete range of medical solutions. Under all circumstances, they deliver with precision.

Increasingly, with better technology access to pharmaceutical wholesalers dedicated to providing quality products and associated support services has become easy. In the UK, many suppliers of choice have established a strong online presence hence customers can request for the services in the comfort of their location. This makes it both convenient and affordable for almost every sector or industry to obtain all they require at all times.