Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nigeria Warns against using chloroquine to treat coronavirus

Nigeria Warns against using chloroquine to treat coronavirus

Banner Health, a non-profit hospital system based in Arizona, issued a statement urging the public against the use of inappropriate medications and household products to prevent or treat COVID-19 on Monday.

His wife, also in her 60s, is in critical condition after taking the additive, which is used in aquariums to kill some organisms, like algae, that may harm fish.

Trump has been criticized by some in the scientific community for overhyping the drugs - which could create shortages for Americans who need them to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, diseases for which they are approved.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Monday that preliminary data shows that the anti-malarial drugs touted by President Trump can help in treating coronavirus patients, but stopped short of a formal recommendation.

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The work by researchers at IHU-Méditerranée Infection in Marseille has garnered global attention, notably from President Trump, who announced on March 19 that the FDA would make the experimental drugs available to coronavirus patients. Chloroquine has been used to treat malaria in parts of Africa where the disease is endemic. Hydroxychloroquine came along a decade later and has fewer side effects.

The drugs can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.

Experts noted that the majority of people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus would recover without complications, and that "the routine use of specific treatments, including medications described as "anti-COVID-19", is not recommended for non-hospitalized patients".

"Chloroquine is an extremely toxic drug with a bad side effect profile". "If it is not abundantly clear that it is beneficial, giving this drug to a critically ill patient feels risky".

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