Hydroxychloroquine is hitting the headlines amid coronavirus pandemic crises where this drug is being referred to as a game-changer. Nowadays, the situation of coronavirus doesn’t seem to be stable or at a controlled level as the number is increasing day by day and the vaccine for the same is also not likely to arrive this year as well.
Therefore, medical teams across the globe are looking out for certain alternatives through which they can control the level of the virus from spreading in the infected person’s body so that their immune system can fight back the virus easily.
With these alternatives and powerful dug choices, hydroxychloroquine stood out as a warrior drug among many other options. This drug is being widely used to cure the symptoms of coronavirus and has garnered worldwide interest.
India is considered to be the biggest producer of hydroxychloroquine, therefore, it has become the center of attention to most of the countries. Many political leaders across the globe are also thanking P Modi for providing this drug to help their country as well, among those US President Donal Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are also one of them.
Here are some of the major details regarding this emerging antidote that you must know:
What exactly is hydroxychloroquine and for what purpose it is used?
Hydroxychloroquine is basically a drug mainly used in the treatment of malaria. However, doctors also prescribe this drug for other treatments as well such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Why hydroxychloroquine is used for COVID-19 treatment?
According to a study which was published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (IJAA) stated that Azithromycin (an antibiotic) added to hydroxychloroquine was suggestively more effective in the elimination of the virus.
On the other hand, the study was also signaled for lack of clarification on the scope as well as inclusion criteria in order to draw a certain decision. The previous week, the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, which also owns IJAA, also stated in their report by conducting a study that it did not meet the expected standard of the society, particularly relating to the lack of better clarifications of the enclosure standards and the triage of patients for making sure the safety of the patient.
However, Trump had started digging for the drug, even called it a “game-changer” by March 21. This further led to panic buying in the US, thus resulting in the shortage of the drug, which directly affected the patients of rheumatoid arthritis as well as lupus.
Does hydroxychloroquine really work on COVID-19 Patients?
Overall, the drug can’t be said as the complete cure of the coronavirus disease and it is also not clinically proved yet and s under trial. The result as well is varying from person to person as the immune system is playing the major role to fight against this deadly virus, a strong immune will fight the virus easily as compared to the weak immune system.
However, the WHO is also conducting a trial, of which India is a part as well, where doctors are said to follow certain necessary protocols in order to treat coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine.
An additional trial, the chloroquine accelerator trial, is also being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the Wellcome Trust.