Scientists are racing to find the best drugs to treat COVID-19. It’s still unclear which drugs could combat the viral disease and which won’t.
Researchers and doctors launched dozens of clinical trials to test existing medications. But the research done so far in China hasn’t generated enough data for conclusive answers. Chloroquine has been touted by President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for Covid-19. "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine," he tweeted Saturday. It also was a medical study in France about it. The FDA has not approved Chloroquine to treat the coronavirus. And now, a Phoenix-area man is dead and his wife is under critical care after the two took chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus, according to hospital system Banner Health.
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The hospital, which is based in Arizona, didn't give any details on how the couple, both in their 60s, acquired the chloroquine. On other case, in Nigeria, health officials issued a warning about chloroquine, saying three people in the country have overdosed on the drug. “Chloroquine is an extremely toxic drug with a terrible side effect profile. Hydroxychloroquine is far safer, but its side effects are still significant,” Meghan May, a microbiologist at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, warned.