Three researchers who developed antiparasitic treatments received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine this week. William Campbell and Satoshi Omura developed avermectin, a precursor to the drug used to treat devastating parasitic diseases including river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, which can lead to elephantiasis. Youyou Tu created a new treatment for malaria, artemisinin, using a compound derived from the plant Artemisia annua. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/5), Reuters (10/5)
They don’t even mention the impact Ivermectin has had in veterinary medicine where it is a mainstay and probably affects more animals than humans. It is critical in the treatment of so many parasite issues in pet animals.