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Ex-minister: Bolsonaro eyed decree on chloroquine for Covid

May 05, 2021 9:44 am

A former Brazilian health minister says President Jair Bolsonaro considered issuing a decree expanding the use of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine for COVID-19 patients, though studies found it ineffective.

WHO panel issues strong advice against hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

March 02, 2021 10:44 am

This "strong recommendation", the experts said, is based on high-certainty evidence from six randomised controlled trials involving more than 6,000 participants both with and without known exposure to COVID-19.

Maybe too soon to rule out hydroxychloroquine; tricking the immune system

October 03, 2020 8:38 am

When data from five of those trials were combined, researchers found that early use of the drug by people who were not hospitalised yielded a statistically significant 24% reduction in risk of infection, hospitalisation or death.

Donald Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment

July 29, 2020 9:58 am

The president, in a marked shift from the more measured approach he's taken toward the virus in recent days, took to Twitter to promote hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and to amplify criticism of Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert.

HCQ, chloroquine do not show antiviral effect against coronavirus, studies reveal

July 22, 2020 6:22 pm

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine have been investigated for their potential to treat COVID-19 in more than 80 registered clinical trials, and have been shown to inhibit the novel coronavirus, SARS-COV-2 infection in cell cultures, the scientists said.

Experts Explain: The case for using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat Covid-19

July 15, 2020 10:18 am

Hydroxychloroquine is obviously not a panacea for severe cases of Covid-19. Given early, it helps reduce mortality by about half, compared to those not given the drug.

Explained: What works (and does not) in Covid treatment

July 15, 2020 10:23 am

Experts Explain ~ Drugs used in Covid-19 treatment: As cases and deaths rise, doctors have been trying out a range of treatments. Based on current evidence and what scientists say, here’s a compendium of what works (or doesn’t) — and in what specific circumstances

Explained Ideas: Why dexamethasone, not remdesivir, deserves India's attention for Covid treatment

July 11, 2020 5:00 pm

Dexamethasone is proving to be far more effective in reducing the risk of death and can be made readily available to patients at affordable prices, writes Ganesan Karthikeyan.

Hydroxychloroquine has become highly politicised in US but India uses it widely: White House official

July 08, 2020 10:29 am

"The idea that this is a dangerous drug is just silly, but if you ask the American people based on the media's coverage of it, that is kind of the state of play right now," White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro said.

Global COVID-19 prevention trial of hydroxychloroquine to resume

June 30, 2020 2:55 pm

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) took its decision on what is known as the COPCOV trial after hydroxychloroquine was found in another British trial to have no benefit as a treatment for patients already infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.