Just yesterday, reports began coming out about scientists treating patients with coronavirus COVID-19 with an old malaria drug called chloroquine.
"Reusing these FDA-approved drugs could be a quick way to get treatment for patients who would otherwise have no choice", explained one study co-author, Dr. Hesham Sadek. The treatment of coronavirus through antimalaria drugs is still under investigation. So we're going to be able to make that drug available by prescription or states.
US President Donald Trump claimed at a White House briefing last week that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the "very powerful" drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus. "Its use in prophylaxis is derived from the available evidence of benefit as treatment and supported by preclinical data", the advisory said.
"If the science demonstrates that hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19, and this is supported by regulatory authorities, then this would be positive news", says Jordan Berman, Apotex's spokesperson. "As Covid-19 belongs to the same family of the virus, it is included in the treatment protocol".
In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has been pushing a so-called miracle solution / drug that can fight or even cure those infected with the coronavirus, but medical experts warn the politician to stop doing what he is doing.
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. Meanwhile, the federal government has banned the export of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, in order that the drug can have enough availability within the home market. Approximately 100 patients were tested in China, where the disease first started, and the combination of the two drugs - antibiotic azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine - was found to reduce viral infection.