Associated Press

May 26, 2020, 7:45 a.m. EDT

WHO drops hydroxychloroquine from global study of experimental COVID-19 treatments

By Associated Press

LONDON — The World Health Organization said that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the malaria drug U.S. President Trump has said he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.

In a news briefing on Monday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet, that found people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those that were not, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

“This concern relates to the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in COVID-19,” Tedros said, adding that the drugs remain, as has been the case for decades, accepted treatments for people with malaria or autoimmune diseases.

Other treatments in the study, including the experimental drug remdesivir and an HIV combination therapy, are still being pursued.


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Packets of a Nivaquine, with tablets containing chloroquine and Plaqueril, whose tablets contain hydroxychloroquine, are shown in February at the Mediterranée infection Institute in Marseille, France.

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