Hyderabad, Feb 25: The University of Hyderabad has developed a medicine that is reportedly efficient in killing the plasmodium falciparum parasite that causes malaria. The research team was led by Pradip Paik, Associate Professor of the School of Engineering Sciences and Technology at the University of Hyderabad.

As per Professor Paik, the new formulation is efficient in killing plasmodium falciparum infection in red blood cells. He also added that the medicine will now be used for animal trials.

Professor Paik is currently on assignment as Associate Professor of the School of Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, a PTI report states.

According to the World Health Organisation estimation, malaria, one of the deadliest scourges of mankind, afflicts about 212 million people every year and causes 4,29,000 deaths annually.