World Health Organization, Director General, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom has suspended the clinical trials of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, over safety fears.
Hydroxychloroquine was a drug acclaimed by Trump as a ‘miracle’ cure for Covid-19, is an anti-malarial drug that is used to control autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and lupus.
US president Donald Trump stated last week, the that he had begun taking the drug,;
‘for about a week and a half now’, going against the advice of his administration’s top medics.
Trump said his White House doctor had not recommended it to him, but that he requested it, adding:
‘I started taking it, because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.’
W.H.O Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom on Monda, 225th of May, has said that trials of the drug as a Coronavirus treatment had started around two months ago and that initial findings suggested a higher mortality rate among Covid-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.
Therefore there will be a temporary pause of the trials while the safety data is reviewed to evaluate the potential benefits and harms of the drug.
Dr Tedros said the drugs can continue to be used safely by patients with autoimmune disease or malaria but not for Coronavirus patients.