As COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, sickens hundreds of thousands worldwide, the race is on its way to find a medication that can help save seriously ill patients.
The Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved any medications to treat coronavirus. The treatment of coronavirus through antimalaria drugs is still under investigation.
Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) scientist Raman Gangakhedkar warned against using the drug without a prescription and merely on the basis of suspicion. Officials later issued a statement cautioning against using chloroquine for Covid-19 treatment.
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Donald Trump noted that this drug has been successfully used in the fight against malaria. "Right now we have no clinical evidence that it works", he said. "Please note: Hospitals Now Receiving Patients Suffering From Chloroquine Poisoning, Says Gov jidesanwoolu's SSA on Health, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih".
India is the largest generic medicines producer in the world and its pharmaceutical firm Cadila Healthcare manufactures more hydroxychloroquine - which is usually used to treat malaria - than anyone else.
But, he added, he continues to hear from people unable to determine if a patient has been infected - a serious problem when trying to mitigate the spread.
President Trump (left) drummed up excitement over hydroxychloroquine when he called the drug a "game changer" last week. Though its effect as a drug for coronavirus is yet to be proved, Hydroxychloroquine is understood to be a partially effective drug for coronavirus.
The researchers performed a study on 30 confirmed COVID-19 patients, treating each with either hydroxychloroquine on its own, a combination of the medicine with the antibiotic, as well as a control group that received neither.