Hydroxychloroquine Has No Benefit, Increases Death Rates - New Study
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- Hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug that has grown much more popular this year for its reported cure of COVID-19, has been found to increase deaths in patients treated with it.
- A major study that investigated the outcome of patients who have used this drug and its older version, chloroquine, reached this conclusion and published its findings in the Lancet medical journal
- Consequently, scientists have advised against the use of either drug for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19
- Medical doctors have been ina rush to use the drug to treat COVID-19 patients as anecdotal reports of its potential to cure the disease flooded the media
- The authors of the paper evaluated results of more than 96,000 patients in 671 hospitals in different parts of the world who took either drug between 20 December and 14 April
- The results found that the death rate among all groups who took either drug was one in six, while only one in 11 people who did not take the drugs died.