Mefloquine is a chiral molecule with two asymmetric carbon centres, which means it has four different stereoisomers . The drug is currently manufactured and sold as a racemate of the ( R , S )- and ( S , R )-enantiomers by Hoffman-LaRoche , a Swiss pharmaceutical company. Essentially, it is two drugs in one. Plasma concentrations of the (–)-enantiomer are significantly higher than those for the (+)-enantiomer, and the pharmacokinetics between the two enantiomers are significantly different. The (+)-enantiomer has a shorter half-life than the (–)-enantiomer. 
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