Demand surge for 'game changer' COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine despite lack of clinical evidence
Though there have been no large-scale clinical trials of the drug's efficacy in treating coronavirus, chemists all over say they are facing a shortage of the medicine, not so long ago known mainly to those who had malaria or were prescribed it for arthritis pain. While the demand for hydrochloroqine has seen a rapid uptick, the safety and effectiveness of the drug in treating COVID-19 still remains a concern. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Drugs considered for COVID-19 can raise risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms
(Oregon Health& Science University) As some consider treating coronavirus patients with a combination of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, cardiologists are advising caution because both medications can increase the risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, which can in turn lead to cardiac arrest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria drug chloroquine helps coronavirus patients recover quicker, finds study
A study of 62 seriously ill coronavirus patients in Renmin Hospital, Wuhan, found that giving them hydroxychloroquine healed their fevers and coughs faster than standard treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malaria Drug Helps Coronavirus Patients Improve, in Small Study
A group of moderately ill people were given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Denise Grady Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hydroxychloroquine (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Quarantines Shortages Autoimmune Diseases Pneumonia Immune System Malaria Schaffner, William your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

South Africa: Could a Classic Antimalarial Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?
[Daily Maverick] While the promise of repositioning 'old' drugs such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine is tantalising, it is critical that the hazards of using unapproved treatments are shared with the public to prevent needless fatalities and supply shortages that may further burden already strained healthcare systems. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Company donates 400K tablets of malaria drug to Louisiana for coronavirus patients
Drug maker Amneal is donating 400,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine to Louisiana in the hopes of helping the state fight coronavirus, which has struck more than 4,000 people there, killing 185. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Former African Leaders Press Emergency Plan to Combat Pandemic
[Premium Times] 12 former African leaders, including former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, have called for an emergency plan to combat the COVID-19 onslaught in Africa at a continental or regional level. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - March 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Approves Malaria Drugs to Treat COVID-19, Despite Little Proof They Work
TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 -- With little evidence that the malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can prevent or treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to distribute millions of doses of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 31, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

West First Policies Expose Myths
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 31 2020 (IPS) As the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic shifts from China to the developed West, all too many rich countries are acting selfishly, invoking the ‘national interest’, by banning exports of vital medical supplies. US President Donald Trump has reportedly gone further by seeking exclusive rights to a future coronavirus vaccine, although the report has been denied by a German drug company and some investors believed to be involved. Europe first Following France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland now also want to ban the expor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Live Coronavirus News and Updates
Maryland, Virginia and Arizona issued statewide stay-at-home orders, and the F.D.A. granted emergency approval for the use of two malaria drugs to treat some coronavirus patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Fauci, Anthony S Trump, Donald J China New York Metropolitan Area Seattle (Wash) United States Source Type: news

As Governors Plead for Tests, Trump Promises Ventilators to Europe
Maryland, Virginia and Arizona issued statewide stay-at-home orders, and the F.D.A. granted emergency approval for the use of two malaria drugs to treat some coronavirus patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Fauci, Anthony S Trump, Donald J China New York Metropolitan Area Seattle (Wash) United States Source Type: news

FDA OK's Addition To Stockpile Of Malaria Drugs For COVID-19
Chloroquine and hydroxycloroquine got the Food and Drug Administration's go-ahead to be put in the nation's strategic storehouses. But the drugs haven't been approved to treat coronavirus patients.(Image credit: Photo Illustration by John Phillips/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sydney Lupkin Source Type: news

FDA OKs Addition To Stockpile Of Malaria Drugs For COVID-19
Chloroquine and hydroxycloroquine got the Food and Drug Administration's go-ahead to be put in the nation's strategic storehouses. But the drugs haven't been approved to treat coronavirus patients.(Image credit: Photo Illustration by John Phillips/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sydney Lupkin Source Type: news

AIDS, TB And Malaria: Coronavirus Threatens The Endgame
The coronavirus pandemic has just made it incredibility difficult to script an endgame for the “Big Three” killer epidemics. But global leaders and agencies dedicated to AIDS, TB, and Malaria are gearing up to stem the tide. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Madhukar Pai, Contributor Source Type: news

Novartis CEO says Malaria drug is biggest hope against coronavirus - SonntagsZeitung
Other companies including Bayer and Teva have also agreed to donate hydroxychloroquine or similar drugs, while Gilead Sciences is testing its experimental drug remdesivir against coronavirus. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors and experts warn of the risks of using malaria drugs to treat COVID-19
The prospect that malaria drugs will become go-to medications to treat COVID-19 before they've been rigorously tested is prompting safety warnings. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Doctors and experts warn of the risks of using malaria drugs to treat COVID-19
The prospect that malaria drugs will become go-to medications to treat COVID-19 before they've been rigorously tested is prompting safety warnings. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Sun Pharma's U.S. unit donates malaria drug in coronavirus fight
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's U.S. subsidiary said on Friday it had donated 2.5 million hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets as a potential treatment for the rapidly spreading coronavirus. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

I ’ve Seen Wars and Epidemics Unfold. But Now That I Have an Immunocompromised Partner, the Coronavirus Makes Me Truly Scared
At midnight on Thursday March 26, all of South Africa went into lockdown. For the next 21 days, no one is to leave their homes unless they are going to the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical help. No dog walking, no jogging, no food delivery services. Only essential workers are exempt, and that list is small. When President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on March 23, a week after shutting the nation’s schools, there were only 402 confirmed COVID-19 cases. But it was essential, he said, to “flatten the curve” before widespread outbreaks overwhelmed the country’s fragile medical sys...
Source: TIME: Health - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aryn Baker Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Londontime Source Type: news

Vital drug for people with lupus running out after unproven Covid-19 link
Italy and France now prescribing hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus despite fact its effectiveness is unknownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA stampede for an unproven “cure” for Covid-19 is clearing the pharmacy shelves of a medicine that is vital for up to 5 million people around the world suffering from lupus, as countries bow to populist pressure and abandon the trials that would show whether hydroxychloroquine works against coronavirus infection.Both Italy and France have said doctors can now prescribe hydroxychloroquine – a less toxic version of the malaria drug chl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health Editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases World news France Italy US news UK news Medical research Europe Source Type: news

Africa: Japan Secures $476 Million Contribution to the Global Fund
[Global Fund] The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria welcomes the Japanese Diet's passage of the fiscal 2019 supplementary budget and the fiscal 2020 budget, which includes Japan's contribution of US$476.4 million to the Global Fund in 2020. This is its largest annual contribution to the Global Fund, signaling Japan's strong leadership in global health, at a time when the world is fighting COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Pharmacy Board Prohibits Over-the-Counter Antimalarials Sale Amid COVID-19-Driven Surge
[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has prohibited pharmacies and chemists from selling Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine to Kenyans who do not have a prescription from a medical doctor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - March 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Experts condemn Clive Palmer-funded ads claiming hydroxychloroquine can cure coronavirus
Queensland businessman has pledged to fund 1m doses, despite warnings it can lead to heart attacks, eye damage and comaProminent advertisements paid for by former federal politician Clive Palmer which promote a malaria drug as a potential “cure” for Covid-19 are “ethically immoral” according to Prof Peter Collignon, a former World Health Organization advisor who worked on Australia’s response to the Sars virus.The two-page ad in the Australian states the drug, hydroxychloroquine, when combined with another medication could “wipe out the virus in test tubes”. The ad says Palmer &nda...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Clive Palmer Health Australia news Infectious diseases Medical research Source Type: news

Pharmacies Set Policies to Stop U.S. Hoarding of Potential Coronavirus Treatments Pharmacies Set Policies to Stop U.S. Hoarding of Potential Coronavirus Treatments
Pharmacies CVS Health and Express Scripts, part of Cigna Corp, are setting up measures to prevent hoarding in the United States of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other treatments that are being tried against the new coronavirus.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 26, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Creating a Drug Supply Crisis Just When We Most Need Medicine
As the world scrambles for a magic pharmaceutical bullet to stop the coronavirus, drugs perceived as cures – despite reed-thin evidence — have vanished from pharmacy shelves. Just last Friday, after President Trump touted the still unproven remedy of a malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, the Food and Drug Administration lifted a restriction it had imposed on a Indian drug manufacturer with a record of manipulating its quality data, to allow it to make the active ingredient now suddenly in hot demand. With the United States long dependent on foreign drug manufacturers for low-cost medicine and key drug ingredients...
Source: TIME: Health - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Eban Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

COVID-19: Could Hydroxychloroquine Really Be An Answer?
Could the old generic malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil, Sanofi-Aventis, among others), which is also used for the treatment of rheumatic disease, be an essential treatment for COVID-19? This hypothesis, put forward by some, including Professor Didier Raoult of the IHU M é diterran é e Infection in Marseille, was dismissed by other eminent infectious disease specialists and dismissed as fake news recently by the Ministry of Health.Yet it resurfaced yesterday with a presentation on You Tube by Prof Raoult of positive results in a non-randomised, unblinded trial of 24 patients. (Source: Current Awarene...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus patients treated with malaria drug fared NO better than those who didn't get the drugs
In a study of 30 Chinese coronavirus patients, 13 treated with hydroxychloroquine cleared the infection within seven days - and so did 14 patients who did not receive the malaria drug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A malaria drug may lead fight against Covid-19
One candidate that has been much in the news is hydroxychloroquine (a later version of the more toxic chloroquine), used to treat malaria and other inflammatory conditions. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Explainer: Why are malaria pills being used against coronavirus?
Older malaria drugs are being studied, and in some cases used, to treat or try to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, even though there is no firm evidence to show they are effective. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

India bans export of key malaria drug amid coronavirus outbreak
The Indian government said on Wednesday that it is banning the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations made from the medication, as experts test the efficacy of the drug in helping treat patients infected with COVID-19. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Africa: 7 Diseases That Cause Most Deaths Among Vulnerable People
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Diseases like tuberculosis and malaria largely ravage low-income countries, with the situation made worse by poor nutrition and sanitation (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

India bans export of key malaria drug amid coronavirus outbreak
Hydroxychloroquine is being seen as a potential treatment for patients with the disease. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Explainer: Why are malaria pills being used against coronavirus?
Studies are underway in a number of countries, including China, France and the United States, to see whether the pills - chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine - may have a role to play in the rapidly spreading pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

President Trump Called Hydroxychloroquine a ‘Game Changer,’ But Experts Warn Against Self-Medicating With the Drug. Here’s What You Need to Know
After President Trump, late last week, expressed great confidence in the promise of a new COVID-19 therapy that combines two existing prescription medications, supplies of these two drugs rapidly began disappearing from pharmacy shelves. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed an Indian company previously restricted from importing drug products into the US to now start manufacturing one of the drugs. And U.S. plants began gearing up to produce enough to meet the surge in demand. But in those few days, a few people who began self medicating with the drugs in an effort to prevent COVID-19 have died, and others have bee...
Source: TIME: Health - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Man Dies After Taking Chloroquine for Coronavirus
Chloroquine is approved in the United States to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but President Donald Trump has promoted it as a possible treatment for COVID-19, CNN reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arizona death prompts warning against self-medication
A Phoenix-area man has died and his wife is in critical condition after the couple took an additive used to clean fish tanks known as chloroquine phosphate, similar to the drug used to treat malaria (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Canadian doctors urge caution on repurposing malaria medication to fight COVID-19
Combining the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine with an antibiotic to fight COVID-19 needs to be put to a true scientific test to determine its safety and effectiveness, doctors caution. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Arizona Man Dies After Taking Chemical in Coronavirus Treatment Touted by President Trump
(PHOENIX) — A Phoenix-area man has died and his wife was in critical condition after the couple took chloroquine phosphate, an additive used to clean fish tanks that is also found in an anti-malaria medication that’s been touted by President Donald Trump as a treatment for COVID-19. Banner Health said Monday that the couple in their 60s got sick within half an hour of ingesting the additive. The man couldn’t be resuscitated when he arrived at a hospital, but the woman was able to throw up much of the chemical, Banner said. It’s unclear if the couple took it specifically because of COVID-19, the dise...
Source: TIME: Health - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Astrid Galvan and Jonathan J. Cooper / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight wire Source Type: news

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President Donald Trump continues touted chloroquine, a malaria drug he believes might help fight against coronavirus. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why that and other drugs that might be effective against the virus need more evidence. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA lifts curbs on Indian maker of malaria drug touted by Donald Trump as a Covid counter
Hydroxychloroquine is being snapped up by medical systems at more than twice the typical pace as U.S. hospitals seek to build large inventories in anticipation of the medication ’s potential use in patients with Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Malaria drugs' promise for coronavirus spurs hope, shortages
Excitement about treating the new coronavirus with malaria drugs is raising hopes, including with President Donald Trump (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Novartis to Donate Malaria Drug in Fight Against Coronavirus Novartis to Donate Malaria Drug in Fight Against Coronavirus
Novartis will donate enough doses of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat several million patients in the fight against the coronavirus, if it wins approval, the Swiss company said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 23, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Scientists Identify 69 Drugs to Test Against the Coronavirus
Two dozen of the medicines are already under investigation. Also on the list: chloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carl Zimmer Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Proteins Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Antibiotics your-feed-science Pasteur Institute University of California, San Francisco World Health Organization New York State Paris (France) Source Type: news

Covid task force okays anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for high-risk patients, with strict riders
This procedure has been okayed by Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for "restricted use in emergency situations". The point to note here is that this recommendation is only for high-risk cases, and not for general use and one must not self-administer. The instructions are clear as to who all can be put under this. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19: Could Hydroxychloroquine Really Be the Answer?
Repurposing an old malaria drug to treat patients with COVID-19 could not only reduce symptoms and shorten the disease duration but also reduce the viral load, suggests a preliminary French study. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump vs Fauci: President's gut sense collides with science
In a clash of gut instinct versus science, President Donald Trump and the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, publicly sparred over whether a malaria drug would work to treat people with coronavirus disease (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump ’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science
Doctors and patients also worry that the president ’s rosy outlook for the treatments will exacerbate shortages of old malaria drugs relied on by patients with lupus and other debilitating conditions. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas and Denise Grady Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) United States Politics and Government Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Rheumatoid Arthritis Lupus Erythematosus Bayer AG Mylan Inc National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Fauci, Anthony S Trump, Donald J yo Source Type: news

Trump vs Fauci: President and doctor spar over unproven drug
President Donald Trump and the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, publicly sparred Friday over whether a malaria drug would work to treat people with coronavirus disease (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus treatment: What is malaria drug hydroxychloroquine?
WITH coronavirus cases rapidly increasing everyday, many are desperate to find a treatment for the deadly disease. What is malaria drug hydroxychloroquine? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novartis to donate malaria drug in fight against coronavirus
Novartis will donate enough doses of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat several million patients in the fight against the coronavirus, if it wins approval, the Swiss company said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news