World Health Organization suspends hydroxychloroquine trial over safety concerns

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trials amid safety concerns

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An earlier recommendation in March did not include the frontline workers.

Swaminathan says they expect to decide whether to resume testing hydroxychloroquine in the Solidarity Trial in a week or two. "The Lancet paper that has come out will have implications for treatment regimen, not prophylaxis".

Though hydroxychloroquine is a safe and effective remedy for several ailments, including malaria, lupus, and arthritis, its potential effects on the novel coronavirus remain the subject of scientific study. This is an effort overseen by the World Health Organization to find new treatments for COVID-19.

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It comes after a recent medical study suggested the drug could increase the risk of patients dying from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in an apparent reaction to the governor's statement, warned Nigerians "not to use any drug for the treatment of COVID-19 that is not approved by the NCDC".

"The executive group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed", the World Health Organization chief said at the virtual briefing. He said the trial would be paused while the latest safety data for hydroxychloroquine was reviewed.

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They explained that reports of potentially lethal acute cardiac proarrhythmogenic effects - promoting irregular heart rhythms - have been described mainly with azithromycin but also with hydroxychloroquine. "Yeah. Couple weeks ago I started taking it. Cause I think it is good. We may get a second peak in this wave".

Hydroxychloroquine has been much hyped as a COVID-19 treatment since French doctor Didier Raoult said he was treating patients in Marseille with the drug and an antibiotic.

And neither drug helped patients hospitalised with COVID-19, according to the study, which looked at the records of 96,000 patients across hundreds of hospitals.

"I'm taking it for about a week-and-a-half now and I'm still here, I'm still here", said Trump.

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), whose clearance was secured by the Task Force for including HCQ in the state's treatment protocol, issued a new advisory on the drug last Saturday, saying it should be used only under medical supervision and should not instill a sense of false security.

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