BASF Receives World Health Organization Approval for Chlorfenapyr-Based Insecticide for Malaria

Jul 31st, 2017

Years of collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium made it possible for BASF to introduce a new anti-mosquito product.

It is a long-lasting mosquito-combating chemical that belongs to a completely innovative chlorfenapyr insecticide class.  The product got a name Interceptor G2 and has recently received the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO).  It is a great success to get through the close control of the WHO experts who have finally approved chlorfenapyr as an effective mosquito net chemical.  Chlorfenapyr is the first insecticide recommended by WHO for public health for 30 years in a row that proves its high-potency and safety characteristics.

The scientists boast they have managed to invent an insecticide with a perfect combination of properties:  it fights resistant mosquitoes, is approved to public health and has a long-lasting effect on anti-mosquito polyester nets. Sylando 240SC, another chlorfenapyr-based spray created by BASF, is at the final stage of evaluation carried by WHO specialists. This spray is purposed for indoor usage against malaria mosquitoes the bites of which kill a child every two minutes. According to BASF, more than 200 million malaria cases are registered worldwide every year. This disease mostly kills poor people, particularly from Africa, who are the most vulnerable and unprotected among the others.

The problem is that disease carrying insects are highly-adaptable and can develop significant resistance to the insecticides that are continually used against them. Previously, there were only four insecticide classes recommended by WHO for adult use. Moreover, more than 60 countries have reported about the resistance of mosquitoes to at least one of the existing insecticides. And only one – a pyrethroid-based chemical – is recommended for mosquito-treated nets.

Medical entomologists say that the problem of mosquitoes’ resistance to insecticides has been seriously taken for years. In some countries, mosquitoes have become so much resistant to all kinds of licensed insecticides that it is desperately urgent to invent new chemicals.  BASF new products – Sylando 240SC and Interceptor G2 – are the alternatives the efficiency of which has been reportedly proven by trials in Tanzania and Ivory Coast, Benin and Burkina Faso.

The production of Interceptor G2 for malaria prevention will be launched soon. And by the end of the year health organizations will have received the new mosquito net. BASF medical specialists hope that their breakthrough chlorfenapyr-based chemical will put an end on malaria.