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Hydroxychloroquine was touted as a Covid-19 treatment by former President Donald Trump and later deemed ineffective.(REUTERS)

Hydroxychloroquine shouldn’t be used as Covid preventive, says WHO

Bloomberg | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 10:54 AM IST
A WHO expert panel found that the medicine had no meaningful effect on deaths or hospitalizations and may even increase the risk of adverse effects, the group said in a statement Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 15th G20 summit via video conferencing in New Delhi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 15th G20 summit via video conferencing in New Delhi.(ANI)

‘Virtual summits’: PM Modi set the template, then nudged the world | Analysis

Hindustan Times | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 09:00 AM IST
PM Modi spoke to as many as 11 world leaders in the first two weeks of January 2020, including not only the leaders of neighbouring countries, but also those of Australia, the US, France and Russia.
A bottle containing the drug Remdesivir is shown by a health worker at the Institute of Infectology of Kenezy Gyula Teaching Hospital of the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary on Thursday.(AP Photo)
A bottle containing the drug Remdesivir is shown by a health worker at the Institute of Infectology of Kenezy Gyula Teaching Hospital of the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary on Thursday.(AP Photo)

Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine did not cut hospital stay or mortality in Covid-19 patients: WHO

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 08:47 AM IST
The study found the regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the length of the in-hospital course among patients hospitalized with Covid-19, the WHO said on Thursday.
A health worker in PPE coveralls sanitizes her hands during coronavirus testing, at Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic in Tughlakabad, New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
A health worker in PPE coveralls sanitizes her hands during coronavirus testing, at Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic in Tughlakabad, New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Ban on export of PPE coveralls, hydroxychloroquine, sanitizers lifted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 07:13 PM IST
Sanitizers too can now be exported except when in containers with dispenser pumps. The government has also lifted the ban imposed on the export of ventilators.
People wait to give swab samples for coronavirus tests in south Delhi’s Defence Colony area on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
People wait to give swab samples for coronavirus tests in south Delhi’s Defence Colony area on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Oxygen support, anti coagulants, steroids mainstay of Covid-19 therapy, says govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 06:39 PM IST
The Health ministry said the pursuit of an effective treatment for Covid-19 has also resulted in repurposing of several drugs which are not a part of the main Clinical Management Protocol but have been indicated as “investigational therapies”.
The drug hydroxychloroquine is displayed by a pharmacist at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, US.(Reuters File Photo)
The drug hydroxychloroquine is displayed by a pharmacist at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, US.(Reuters File Photo)

HCQ for Covid-19 highly politicised in US, widely used in India: White House official

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 08:30 AM IST
White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro said a day earlier four doctors at the Detroit Hospital System filed a request for emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine.
A global trial designed to find out whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent infection with Covid-19 will restart after getting approval from the UK medicines agency.(AP)
A global trial designed to find out whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent infection with Covid-19 will restart after getting approval from the UK medicines agency.(AP)

UK regulator says trial of HCQ for Covid-19 can resume

London | By HT Correspondent and Agencies
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2020 04:37 AM IST
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s decision on the trial comes after the drug was found in another UK trial to have no benefit for patients already infected with Covid-19.
The government on Thursday lifted the export ban on anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine with immediate effect.(Reuters file photo)
The government on Thursday lifted the export ban on anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine with immediate effect.(Reuters file photo)

Govt lifts export ban on anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 08:20 PM IST
The government on March 25 had banned the export of the drug in the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, a researcher at Protein Sciences reaches for a vial in a lab in Meriden, Conn. The biotech company is currently researching a vaccine for COVID-19. As the race for a vaccine against the new coronavirus intensifies, many rich countries are rushing to the front of the line by placing advance orders for the inevitably limited supply to guarantee their citizens are immunized first. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)(AP)
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, a researcher at Protein Sciences reaches for a vial in a lab in Meriden, Conn. The biotech company is currently researching a vaccine for COVID-19. As the race for a vaccine against the new coronavirus intensifies, many rich countries are rushing to the front of the line by placing advance orders for the inevitably limited supply to guarantee their citizens are immunized first. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)(AP)

WHO official says malaria drug won’t stop coronavirus deaths

London | By Associated Press | Posted by : Jasra Afreen
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Dr. Swaminathan said in a press briefing on Thursday that there is still a gap in determining whether hydroxychloroquine has a role at all in prevention or minimizing the severity of the illness in early infection or even in preventing it.
The drug hydroxychloroquine, pushed by US President Donald Trump and others in recent months as a possible treatment to people infected with the coronavirus disease(Reuters File Photo)
The drug hydroxychloroquine, pushed by US President Donald Trump and others in recent months as a possible treatment to people infected with the coronavirus disease(Reuters File Photo)

Govt reviews use of HCQ and antibiotic combo in treating coronavirus cases

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 08:20 AM IST
According to the health ministry’s current clinical management protocol for Covid-19, which was revised on March 3, hydroxychloroquine in combination with azithromycin can be used for patients with severe disease and requiring intensive care unit (ICU) management.
On Wednesday, WHO recommended the trial of hydroxychloroquine to be continued following a review of safety data.(Reuters File Photo)
On Wednesday, WHO recommended the trial of hydroxychloroquine to be continued following a review of safety data.(Reuters File Photo)

Experts back WHO’s decision to resume clinical trial of HCQ for Covid-19 treatment

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 04:09 PM IST
Besides hydroxychloroquine, three more treatment protocols -- remdesivir, comibnation of lopinavir and ritonavir, and lopinavir and ritonavir with Interferon beta-1a -- are being evaluated during the clinical trials at selected hospitals in the world.
A debate is raging over the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating Covid-19 patients and now, a firm that published a research questioning its use has come under the scanner for conducting a doubtful study.(File HT Photo)
A debate is raging over the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating Covid-19 patients and now, a firm that published a research questioning its use has come under the scanner for conducting a doubtful study.(File HT Photo)

Doubts cast over US firm’s study linking HCQ with higher Covid-19 deaths

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 11:51 PM IST
The global study that forced a lot of countries around the world to dump HCQ as a potential treatment for coronavirus patients’ has been put under the scanner by an investigation done by British daily, The Guardian.
The method developed by researchers at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden may also be useful in other areas, such as in the treatment of Covid-19.(File photo)
The method developed by researchers at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden may also be useful in other areas, such as in the treatment of Covid-19.(File photo)

New test method offers safer dosages of hydroxychloroquine

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 07:12 PM IST
Researchers have developed a new method to measure levels of the medication hydroxychloroquine in patients with the rheumatic disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Trump has called hydroxychloroquine a “game-changer” drug in the fight against the coronavirus.(Reuters File Photo)
Trump has called hydroxychloroquine a “game-changer” drug in the fight against the coronavirus.(Reuters File Photo)

Donald Trump took two-week dose of hydroxychloroquine, feeling ‘absolutely great’: White House

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 08:53 AM IST
After Trump announced early this month that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus, a number of Indian-American doctors have written to the Trump Campaign about the usefulness of this antimalaria drug in the fight against Covid-19.
The WHO has previously recommended against using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent coronavirus infections, except as part of clinical trials.(AP file photo)
The WHO has previously recommended against using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent coronavirus infections, except as part of clinical trials.(AP file photo)

WHO pauses trial of anti-malaria drug in Covid-19 patients due to safety concerns

Geneva | By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 11:27 PM IST
The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in Covid-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
Mixed results from clinical trials of several promising treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) released this week brought both cheer and gloom Mixed results from clinical trials of several promising treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) released this week brought both cheer and gloom(AFP)
Mixed results from clinical trials of several promising treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) released this week brought both cheer and gloom Mixed results from clinical trials of several promising treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) released this week brought both cheer and gloom(AFP)

Covid-19: Clinical trials bring hope, concerns

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 01:35 AM IST
At least 100 vaccines are being developed against Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, with many using new platforms that have not been used in a licensed vaccine before.
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in New Delhi.(AP file photo)
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in New Delhi.(AP file photo)

Govt expands use of hydroxychloroquine to curb transmission of Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 08:48 AM IST
The Union health ministry issued an advisory expanding the pool of people to be given the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a prophylactic to prevent them from contracting the infection.
The mortality risk was even higher at 45% among patients given the antimalarial drug along with an antibiotic — a combination that the US president has promoted with great enthusiasm.(AP)
The mortality risk was even higher at 45% among patients given the antimalarial drug along with an antibiotic — a combination that the US president has promoted with great enthusiasm.(AP)

New study shows hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 patients raises mortality risk

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 09:05 PM IST
The study, which was led by an Indian American professor at Harvard Mandeep Mehra, covered 96,000 patients at 671 hospitals on 6 continents.
Several studies conducted so far have confirmed inconclusive evidence of hydroxychloroquine’s efficacy in treating Sars-Cov-2 virus.(AP Photo)
Several studies conducted so far have confirmed inconclusive evidence of hydroxychloroquine’s efficacy in treating Sars-Cov-2 virus.(AP Photo)

Hydroxychloroquine led to higher mortality and heart issues in Covid-19 patients, says a Lancet study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 08:20 PM IST
The paper presents an analysis which contradicts the popular perception that these antimalarial drugs have therapeutic properties even when used in Covid-19 patients.
Donald Trump’s previous endorsement of hydroxychloroquine catalyzed a tremendous shift in India.(REUTERS)
Donald Trump’s previous endorsement of hydroxychloroquine catalyzed a tremendous shift in India.(REUTERS)

Trump’s use of malaria drug likely to be welcomed in India

New Delhi | By Associated Press | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 12:57 PM IST
The hydroxychloroquine hype is based on a flimsy study, with little to no evidence that it prevents or treats Covid-19, say experts.
Hydroxychloroquine is being used in India as a prophylaxis for health workers at the frontline of the country’s response to the epidemic.(AP File Photo)
Hydroxychloroquine is being used in India as a prophylaxis for health workers at the frontline of the country’s response to the epidemic.(AP File Photo)

Donald Trump’s wonder drug against Covid-19 does not work, says US study

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 10:37 AM IST
President Trump had once promoted the antimalarial drug, by itself or in combination with the antibiotic, as a game-changer and had personally campaigned for it to be administered to Covid-19 patients.
A medical screening organized for the residents of Dharavi, during the nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in Mumbai.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
A medical screening organized for the residents of Dharavi, during the nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in Mumbai.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

List of top Covid-19 developments: From anti-malarial drug trial to Centre’s message on coronavirus

By Hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 08:25 AM IST
“We will have to learn to live with the virus, for which it is important to make critical behavioural changes,” Union health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said on Friday.
Shuttered shops during lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus at Hall Bazar in Amritsar, Punjab.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Shuttered shops during lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus at Hall Bazar in Amritsar, Punjab.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Need pragmatic, positive and bold action to get back to work | Opinion

By VS Pandey
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 08:05 AM IST
The central government has lost nearly Rs 3 lakh crore by way of revenue and states nearly Rs 2 lakh crore that will need to be recouped by borrowing from RBI directly, so that the government system comes back to its optimum health.
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in New Delhi. The findings come two weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration warned the public against using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine without prescription.(AP File Photo)
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in New Delhi. The findings come two weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration warned the public against using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine without prescription.(AP File Photo)

Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine fails another test as a Covid-19 treatment, says study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 01:34 AM IST
Hydroxychloroquine is the only drug approved for treating hospitalised Covid-19 patients in India, where it is given in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin.
Rick Bright alleges he was removed from his job and reassigned to a lesser role because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine.(AP File Photo)
Rick Bright alleges he was removed from his job and reassigned to a lesser role because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine.(AP File Photo)

Trump admin officials ignored Covid-19 warnings, alleges fired American scientist

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 05:28 AM IST
The Trump administration has imported nearly five crore units of the malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, which in March had received Emergency Use Authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The consignment was received in Toronto and will be distributed across the country.(AP photo)
The consignment was received in Toronto and will be distributed across the country.(AP photo)

Covid-19: 5 million HCQ tablets shipped from India arrive in Canada

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya | Edited by: Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 02:21 PM IST
The Indian Consulate in Toronto tweeted, “India-Canada cooperation continues in these critical times.”
Healthcare staff check temperature and Blood pressure of a resident during nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 Coronavirus at Dharavi Koliwada in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Healthcare staff check temperature and Blood pressure of a resident during nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 Coronavirus at Dharavi Koliwada in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Covid-19: Plan to use malaria drug in Mumbai slums temporarily shelved

New Delhi | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 12:17 PM IST
In Mumbai slums like Dharavi, the state government had said it would conduct a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine on slum residents.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thanked India for the help extended by New Delhi in the process of repatriation of Canadians stranded in India during the Covid-19 pandemic(AP)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thanked India for the help extended by New Delhi in the process of repatriation of Canadians stranded in India during the Covid-19 pandemic(AP)

Covid-19 update: Canadian PM thanks India for help in repatriation of stranded nationals

Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 07:41 AM IST
PM Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau had a telephonic conversation of which the welfare of citizens stuck in each other’s nations formed a major component.
Bangladesh has so far recorded almost 5,000 infections and 140 deaths.(AP)
Bangladesh has so far recorded almost 5,000 infections and 140 deaths.(AP)

To fight Covid-19, Bangladesh gets Hydroxychloroquine, surgical gloves from India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 05:45 PM IST
In a video message posted on social media, India’s high commissioner to Dhaka, Riva Ganguly Das, said many people in both countries had been affected by the coronavirus disease and India would stand by Bangladesh in the efforts to tackle Covid-19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to help all neighbouring and friendly countries while they battle coronavirus.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to help all neighbouring and friendly countries while they battle coronavirus.(PTI Photo)

Coronavirus latest update: Nepal thanks PM Narendra Modi for ‘generous’ medicine supplies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 06:46 PM IST
Nepal joins the list of neighbours to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s assistance with medicines to fight coronavirus.
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