Volume 86, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The safety of artemether-lumefantrine in patients with acute, uncomplicated malaria was investigated prospectively using the auditory brainstem response (ABR) and pure-tone thresholds. Secondary outcomes included polymerase chain reaction-corrected cure rates. Patients were randomly assigned in a 3:1:1 ratio to either artemether-lumefantrine ( = 159), atovaquone-proguanil ( = 53), or artesunate-mefloquine ( = 53). The null hypothesis (primary outcome), claiming that the percentage of patients with a baseline to Day-7 ABR Wave III latency increase of > 0.30 msec is ≥ 15% after administration of artemether-lumefantrine, was rejected; 2.6% of patients (95% confidence interval: 0.7–6.6) exceeded 0.30 msec, i.e., significantly below 15% ( < 0.0001). A model-based analysis found no apparent relationship between drug exposure and ABR change. In all three groups, average improvements (2–4 dB) in pure-tone thresholds were observed, and polymerase chain reaction-corrected cure rates were > 95% to Day 42. The results support the continued safe and efficacious use of artemether-lumefantrine in uncomplicated falciparum malaria.


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  • Received : 02 Apr 2011
  • Accepted : 26 Sep 2011
  • Published online : 01 Jan 2012

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