WHO ending hydroxycholorquine trial for COVID


    WHO says a review of the interim results showed hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir "produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care."

    World Health Organization says it is ending a trial into whether anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps patients hospitalised with COVID-19.


    NEW DELHI: The World Health Organisation has decided to discontinue hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms of its Solidarity Trial for Covid-19 treatment, citing little or no reduction in the mortality rate of hospitalised patients.

    This leaves everyone looking at remdesivir as a standard of cure for the pandemic.

    “WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms,” WHO announced on Saturday.

    The decision was taken in light of the mounting evidence from the trial’s interim results, it said. “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised Covid-19 patients when compared to standard of care,” WHO said in a press release. “Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect.”

    It, however, clarified that this decision applies only to hospitalised patients and does not affect the possible evaluation in other studies of hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir/ritonavir in non-hospitalised patients or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis for Covid-19.
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    6 Comments on this Story

    M X Mathew37 days ago
    pharma mafia at work. just like Mr Alibhai has said, the stagewise testing of HCQ need to be done. this cheapest medicine which helps the patient not to reach the critical stage is being dumped for costly medicines so that Pharma can have their kill
    Vk Singh37 days ago
    Culprit China and culprit head of WHO should be punish by as like war culprit.
    Om Kesar37 days ago
    These are all medical sales promotional activities. No pharmacy has come clearly on the accurate Percripton for covid. At least, pharmacies sell in first instance. Let there maybe further sales or not.
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