The French authorities on Wednesday banned therapy of COVID-19 sufferers with hydroxychloroquine, a controversial and probably dangerous drug that US President Donald Trump has mentioned he takes preventively.
The transfer got here after two French advisory our bodies and the World Health Organization warned this week that the drug — a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus — had been proven to be probably harmful in a number of research.
The urgency of the coronavirus outbreak has prompted some docs to prescribe the drug regardless of a scarcity of analysis to display its efficacy towards the novel coronavirus.
Among them had been a French infectious illness specialist who caught the ear of Trump, who shocked his personal administration final week by revealing he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a safety measure towards COVID-19.
Under the brand new French guidelines, the drug can be utilized solely in medical trials to check its efficacy towards coronavirus — making it unclear if the French physician, Didier Raoult, would have the ability to proceed utilizing it at his hospital in Marseille within the south.
Raoult has already rejected a complete examine revealed final week in The Lancet medical journal, which discovered that administering hydroxychloroquine or its associated compound chloroquine really elevated the chance of dying for a lot of sufferers.
Hydroxychloroquine, additionally used to deal with malaria, is bought below the model title Plaquenil by French pharma large Sanofi, which promised to supply governments thousands and thousands of doses if research proved it could possibly be safely used within the coronavirus battle.
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