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Dexamethasone approved by UK for COVID-19 treatment

The UK government on Wednesday authorised the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) to use steroid dexamethasone, the “world’s first” coronavirus treatment proven to reduce the risk of death among severely ill patients. The Department of Health said the cheap and widely available anti-inflammatory steroid has been immediately approved to treat all hospitalised...

US FDA says HCQ ‘useless’ in COVID-19 treatment, leaves Trump unhappy

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday revoked its emergency use authorisation for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, but quickly came under fire from US President Donald Trump, who said only US agencies have failed to grasp its benefit in fighting the coronavirus. Based on new evidence, the FDA said it was no longer reasonable...

Hydroxychloroquine can seriously affect heartbeat, claims study

Researchers have used an optical mapping system to demonstrate how the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been promoted as a potential treatment for COVID-19, creates serious disturbances in the electrical signals that govern heartbeat. According to the scientists, including those from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, the findings shed light on how the...

After WHO suspends clinical trials, ICMR claims no major side-effects of hydroxychloroquine

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has said that there are no major side-effects of hydroxychloroquine and people who have been prescribed this medicine can continue to take it under strict medical supervision. The statement by the ICMR comes a day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that it had “temporarily” suspended clinical...

India sends hydroxychloroquine pills to UAE for battle against coronavirus

India has agreed to send hydroxychloroquine tablets to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be used for treating COVID-19 patients, the UAE’s embassy in New Delhi said. Last month, the Centre put a ban on exports as sales soared to secure domestic supplies as US President Donald Trump touted the drug as a potentially effective...

No shortage of PPE & HCQ in India: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday dispelled concerns over the availability of personal protective gear (PPE) and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets in India. Addressing the daily presser, Health Ministry’s joint secretary Lav Aggarwal said that the fear around the dearth of PPEs was unfounded and misguided. He said that contrary to popular belief, PPE does not...