It does not appear they took the pharmaceutical version of the drug, but rather "an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks", Banner Health said in a statement. As per the hospital's statement, the couple started feeling the ill-effects thirty minutes after ingesting the concoction. "We saw Trump on TV - every channel - and all of his buddies saying that this was safe", she told NBC.
A man has died in the U.S. after reportedly taking a drug he mistook for one President Donald Trump has been touting as a treatment for coronavirus. But no drug has been approved to treat COVID-19, and a vaccine is estimated to remain at least a year away.
The controversy related to the use of both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine stems from the fact that neither drug has gove through the lengthy and rigorous testing processes required to gain FDA approval for treatment of COVID-19.
A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators.
Medical staff shows packets of a Nivaquine, tablets containing chloroquine and Plaqueril, tablets containing hydroxychloroquine, drugs that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus.
In the midst of his often misleading remarks on the disease, Trump called the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine potential "gamechangers" during a press conference last week, spurring a rush by some individuals - and even countries, including Algeria and Indonesia - to stockpile the drugs.
The study Trump refers to comes from Marseille, France, in which 30 patients were treated with hydroxychloroquine for 10 days combined with azithromycin, an antibiotic.
With unfortunate timing, the United States president said of chloroquine in a press conference last week: "The nice part is, it's been around for a long time, so we know that if things don't go as planned it's not going to kill anybody". They were not tested for the coronavirus.
In a tweet on Friday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention similarly urged the public not to take chloroquine for COVID-19 as it has not been approved after people were poisoned, according to officials in Lagos.
"The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardise their health", Brooks told CNN.