α-β Arteether injection is an antimalarial medication used to treat multidrug-resistant P. falciparum malaria, covering cerebral malaria. Alpha Beta Arteether is an oily soluble ether derivative of Artemisinin acquired from the Chinese medicinal plant - Artemisia annua ‘Quinghao’. It works effectively as a blood schizonticidal agent for Plasmodium falciparum malaria during the erythrocytic stage. Since it is a racemic mixture & oily soluble, it is more cost-effective for large-scale production.
α-β Arteether injection is for intramuscular usage only and must be injected under aseptic conditions. This antimalarial medication is not recommended to treat malaria conditions which are mainly generated by P. Vivax, P. Ovale or P. Malariae.
Also, WHO (World Health organization) does not stand behind the unrestricted usage of injectable suspensions for the complete treatment of malaria and recommends that the patients should take injectable suspensions when they can’t take tablets.