Nigeria Warns against using chloroquine to treat coronavirus

Nigeria Warns against using chloroquine to treat coronavirus

Nigeria Warns against using chloroquine to treat coronavirus

United States President Donald Trump has also been actively advocating the use of the anti-malarial drug to treat the novel coronavirus, which till now has no cure.

Oreoluwa Finnih, senior health assistant to the governor of Lagos, also told Nigerians "not to panic" and use the drug. While early research shows they have some activity against the virus, they are not yet approved for COVID-19, and they can cause serious side effects.

Several drugs already approved for other diseases are being tested against COVID-19.

It noted that the World Health Organization has not approved the use of chloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus. They may interfere with the coronavirus being able to enter cells, and some scientists have reported possible encouraging signs in test-tube and other small studies.

After a Chinese study reported clinical and virologic benefit, chloroquine was added as a treatment regimen for COVID-19 patients in China, Chinese experts recommend patients diagnosed with mild to moderate disease as well as severe disease with pneumonia be treated with chloroquine. That number is now down to 25.

What is the situation in India with regard to the use of this combination of drugs?

Hydroxychloroquine is a common anti-malaria drug which is considered effective to slow infections from the Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 etc. Azithromycin is an antibiotic.

"The American leader urged that they "be put in use IMMEDIATELY".

Dr. Krogan's collaborators on the Icahn College of Drugs at Mount Sinai in NY and the Pasteur Institute in Paris have began testing 22 of the opposite compounds on the checklist towards dwell coronavirus grown of their laboratories.

Analysts from Dawson James Securities concluded that "hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin".

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked Friday as to whether the treatment was guaranteed to be effective in curing coronavirus.

"What we need to do, since there are suggestions anecdotally that it works, try to get it available but to do it in the context of a protocol where we accomplish two things", he said. Everyone hopes some will work, saving millions of lives and potentially allowing us to ease restrictions long before we get a vaccine.

A Californian patient who received remdesivir recovered as well.

The Epoch Times could not verify that the study was peer-reviewed.

"But this is more immediate", he said. He was recently discharged from hospital, said Nguyen.

Chloroquine is used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Some other studies testing the HIV drug combo are still underway.

Why are existing drugs being used?

It targets interleukin-6, which plays a role in inflammation. One (not yet peer-reviewed) paper reports COVID-19 depletes potassium levels and finds preliminary evidence supplements may contribute to recovery. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn at the time said his agency was working quickly to examine all possibilities. Researchers found 332 human proteins targeted by the coronavirus. "[Hydroxychloroquine] appears to be the drug of choice for large-scale use due to its availability, proven safety record, and a relatively low cost", the study said.

The Australian Medical Association backed the pharmacists' call.

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