The US President Donald Trump has said that he was taking a drug to ward off coronavirus. However, a recent study showed that the drug actually increases the risk of patients with the disease drying from it.
A study in the Lancet has recently found that there are no benefits for coronavirus patients to consume anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
Donald Trump has claimed that he was consuming and promoting the drug. But health officials had warned that it could cause heart problems.
According to health experts, Hydroxychloroquine can be recommended for malaria and conditions such as lupus or arthritis. But its clinical trials for coronavirus have not been recommended.
In the lancet study, 96,000 coronavirus patients were involved. Around 15,000 from them were given hydroxychloroquine – or related form chloroquine – either alone or with an antibiotic.
It was found in the study that the patients were more likely to die in the hospital and get heart rhythm complications than other coronavirus patients involved in a comparison group.
According to the international news agency, The death rates of the treated groups were: hydroxychloroquine 18%; chloroquine 16.4%; control group 9%. Those treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine in combination with antibiotics had an even higher death rate.
The researchers have threatened that hydroxychloroquine should not be used outside of clinical trials.
White House coronavirus taskforce coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said the US Food and Drug Administration had been “very clear” about concerns in using the drug as either coronavirus prevention or as a treatment course.