France Bans Hydroxychloroquine as Drug against COVID-19
The French government has ordered French doctors to stop prescribing the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of coronavirus COVID-19, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
Thus, hydroxychloroquine will no longer be prescribed alone or in combination with other anti-COVID-19 drugs. At the same time, the drug can still be used against malaria or lupus.
At the same time, the French Ministry of Health promised to reconsider its position on hydroxychloroquine when new data appear.
Disputes over the use of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19, which was originally developed as an anti-malarial drug, but has received other uses over time, continue around the world.
Earlier this week, the World Health Organization temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of the COVID-19 coronavirus due to the need to analyze its effect.
Prior to this, the recent confession of US President Donald Trump that he took this drug for preventive purposes caused great resonance. Trump’s opponents criticized him for essentially promoting the drug, not having confidence in its effectiveness and safety.