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June 4, 2020

The hydroxychloroquine debate continues

By Miranda Mclaren

Hydroxychloroquine is an immunosuppressive drug approved for the treatment of malaria and repeatedly praised by US President Donald Trump, who claims to have taken it to ward off Covid-19. The US recently sent two million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil to fight Covid-19, however, the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment in Covid-19 clinical trials is currently under debate. A study published by The Lancet on 22 May 2020 showed that hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in Covid-19 patients.

Currently, there are 398 Covid-19 clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine and/or chloroquine as a primary or secondary intervention, signalling more data are on the way to determine if hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment against Covid-19.

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