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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...

ICMR issues revised guidelines for use of hydroxychloroquine amid coronavirus pandemic

A revised government advisory has recommended use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-COVID-19 hospitals, frontline staff on surveillance duty in containment zones, and paramilitary/police personnel involved in coronavirus infection-related activities. As was mentioned in the earlier advisory, the drug against the...

Donald Trump taking hydroxylchloroquine as safeguard against COVID-19

US President Donald Trump has said he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus. “I have been taking it (hydroxychloroquine) for about a week and a half,” Trump told reporters at the White House, asserting that he has zero symptoms of the deadly COVID-19, which has killed over 90,000 Americans...

Need a joint effort by nations to develop COVID-19 vaccine quickly: Richard Horton

Reeling under severe health crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, nations worldwide are busy finding a way out to combat the deadly virus which has already claimed 175,000 lives globally. Efforts are being made across the world to find a vaccine against COVID-19 but there a serious question mark over the way they are going...

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...

Gujarat govt warns chemists not to sell hydroxychloroquine without doctor’s prescription

People in Gujarat have been consuming and stocking up hydroxychloroquine, being touted as a ‘game-changer’ in the fight against coronavirus, prompting the state government to issue a warning against its health hazards and a directive to chemists not to sell it over the counter. India is the world’s largest manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine, which is used...

Children below 15 years, retinopathy patients can’t be given hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: Centre

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Friday posted an advisory on Twitter released earlier by the health ministry on the use of hydroxychloroquine as treatment for patients suffering from coronavirus disease COVID-19. The advisory is based on the recommendation of the taskforce constituted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The advisory recommends not...

World leaders, diplomats praise PM Modi for helping them in fight against COVID-19

After US President Donald Trump heaped praise on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing the export of key drugs related to COVID-19 pandemic from India, it seems PM Modi is getting praise from several world leaders and diplomats for India’s noble gestures in this hour of crisis. Fully agree with you President @realDonaldTrump. Times...

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...

10 drugs for COVID-19 under clinical trial in US: Trump

As many as 10 drugs are currently under clinical trial in the US as part of the administration’s “unprecedented” effort to find a therapeutic solution to the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has said. In the absence of either a vaccine or a drug, the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 88,500 lives and...