FDA warns of serious side effects from drugs touted by Trump to treat coronavirus
Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat Covid-19 coronavirus, could cause dangerous and even deadly health problems, the FDA warns. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
On April 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a MedWatch Safety Alert about the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for treating COVID-19. After preliminary studies hinted that hydroxychloroquine may help some patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms to improve, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to allow doctors to use the drug on hospitalized patients whose symptoms are not improving. Several studies were also launched to study its effects as a COVID-19 treatment. However, hydroxychloroquine can have negative effects on the heart, contributing to abnormal heart rhythms that can be li...
Source: TIME: Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

EMA Warns Against Malaria Drugs' Side Effects in COVID-19 Use EMA Warns Against Malaria Drugs' Side Effects in COVID-19 Use
The EU's drug regulator warned again on Thursday against using two older malaria drugs to treat COVID-19 outside trials or national emergency use programs, citing potentially lethal side effects.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

U.S. FDA warns against malaria drugs Trump championed for COVID-19
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday cautioned against the use of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump, in COVID-19 patients outside of hospitals and clinical trials, citing risks of serious heart rhythm problems. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Coronavirus Live Updates: F.D.A. Issues Warning on Anti-Malaria Drugs; Businesses in Georgia Start to Reopen
The F.D.A. warned the drugs can cause dangerous abnormalities in heart rhythm. The maker of Lysol and other disinfectants issued a warning against improper use of its products after President Trump touted their power to kill the virus. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

US states build stockpiles of malaria drug touted by Trump
State and local governments across the United States have obtained 30 million doses of a malaria drug touted by President Trump to treat patients with the new coronavirus despite warnings from doctors that more research is needed (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA Warns About Treating COVID-19 With Unproven Drugs
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- Malaria drugs touted by some as potential " game changers " against COVID-19 are actually too dangerous for general use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Americans on Friday. According to the FDA, studies have... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA issues warning on heart-related side effects of malaria drug for COVID-19
The FDA on Friday issued a warning about serious and life-threatening side effects of chloroquine and it's sister drug hydroxychloroquine, including heart rhythm problems seen in multiple clinical trials. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Warns Against COVID-19 Treatment With Drugs Touted by Trump
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- Malaria drugs touted by President Donald Trump as potential " game changers " against COVID-19 are actually too dangerous for general use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Americans on Friday. According to the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 24, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Africa: Coronavirus Pandemic Overshadows World Malaria Day in Africa
[VOA] The coronavirus pandemic is overshadowing this year's World Malaria Day (April 25) in Africa, despite malaria's much higher death toll across the continent. The World Health Organization says more than 380,000 Africans died from malaria in 2018, 94% of the world's total. In contrast, Africa has so far confirmed about 1,200 deaths from the spreading coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria Infection, Risk Factor for Increase COVID-19 Fatality - PSN
[Vanguard] As the world marks this year's World Malaria Day, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has identified malaria infection as one risk factor that would increase the case fatality of COVID-19 even as it noted that about 97 per cent of the country's population was at risk of malaria infection. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Malaria Still Kills 1,100 a Day. It Can't Afford to Lose Resources to Coronavirus
[The Conversation Africa] Today, another 1,100 people will die from malaria. The number will be repeated tomorrow, and the day after. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: World Malaria Day: In The Face Of COVID-19, Urgent Opportunity To Save Lives From Malaria
[Malaria No More] Seattle -Countries are being urged to quickly supply and ensure safe delivery of vital malaria prevention and control interventions could save as many as 400,000 lives this year. Without these, the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a surge in malaria cases and a doubling of malaria deaths this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa needs malaria action tailored to its reality
Local drug research and joined-up thinking will deliver results on the ground (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus lockdown raises India malaria fears
Demand for the anti-malarial President Trump touted as Covid-19 treatment adds to strains (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Covid-19 focus threatens precarious malaria progress
Pandemic could set back the fight against malaria by 20 years, with Africa hit worst (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How to tackle malaria, by a sufferer turned scientist
Local drug research and joined-up thinking are needed to deliver results on the ground (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Fight against malaria could be set back 20 years, WHO warns
The WHO said new projections indicate that in a worst-case scenario, 769,000 people could die of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa this year as campaigns to combat it are interrupted. That's more than double the deaths in the last detailed count two years ago, when more than 360,000 people died, and would be the worst figures for the region since 2000. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Advocacy and Communications Effort Launched to Drive Action Against COVID-19 and Stop Future Pandemics
April 22, 2020, Seattle, WA – A network of leading international organizations announced today the creation of an advocacy initiative to ignite a global movement to help accelerate an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance our preparedness to stop future pandemics. The Pandemic Action Network will advocate for policy changes and increased support and resources to ensure countries are better prepared to prevent, detect and respond to pandemic threats. This initiative will also host “For Humankind”, a new effort to promote accurate information to ensure people around the world understand what they need to...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - April 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Lawyers for ousted U.S. health official say he will file whistleblower's complaint
The head of a U.S. government agency combatting the coronavirus pandemic alleged Wednesday that he was ousted for opposing politically connected efforts to promote a malaria drug that President Donald Trump touted without proof as a remedy for COVID-19. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Urges Countries to Move Quickly to Save Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa
[WHO] New analysis supports the WHO call to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Expert claims reprisal for opposing virus drug Trump touted
The head of a government agency combating the coronavirus pandemic says he was ousted for opposing politically connected efforts to promote a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted without proof as a remedy for COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Africa: Half of Resources Committed to COVID-19 Can Eradicate Malaria in Africa - Nwoko
[Vanguard] Abuja -Billionaire businessman and Founder of Ned Nwoko Foundation, Prince Ned Nwoko, has said malaria would be a thing of the past if half of the resources being channelled to fighting coronavirus in Africa could also be injected into the fight against malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Moto-X Siblings Flee COVID-19 Catch Malaria
[The Herald] Simba Nyamupfukudza, the father of rising motocross stars, Tadiwanashe (12) and Victor (6), scratches his head and almost drops a tear, but then realises he has every reason to thank God. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Endorses Anti-Malaria Drug Under Clinical Trial to Cure COVID-19
[Monitor] Uganda's first patients who fully recovered from the deadly corona virus disease (Covid-19) were treated using the controversial hydroxychloroquine drug that is yet to be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Collaboration Can Help Eradicate COVID-19
This article 0riginally appeared in UM News”. The link follows: https://www.umnews.org/en/news/collaboration-can-help-eradicate-covid-19   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Collaboration Can Help Eradicate COVID-19 appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Rev Liberato C. Bautista is assistant general secretary for United Nations a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The Rev. Liberato C. Bautista Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations OPINION/NGO Source Type: news

Covid-19: how do you find drugs to treat the disease? - podcast
Hannah Devlin speaks to Dr Miraz Rahman about how to find drugs to treat a new disease like Covid-19, and discusses repurposing old drugs such as the anti-malaria medicinehydroxychloroquineContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Madeleine Finlay Tags: Science Chemistry Biology Microbiology Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Health Drugs Medical research Source Type: news

Pharmacy tech accused of stealing hydroxychloroquine
The man is accused of taking more than 700 tablets of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, along with the antibiotic azithromycin from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Winton Source Type: news

Nationwide Study Finds Malaria Drug Touted by President Trump Led to More Deaths, No Benefits in Coronavirus Patients
A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday. The study was posted on an online site for researchers and has not been reviewed by other scientists. Grants from ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marilynn Marchione / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Botswana: North West Disaster Committees Alert
[Botswana Daily News] Maun -North West District leadership has activated disaster committees to tackle all disaster incidents that may threaten communities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Malaria Silently Claiming Lives
[263Chat] While Zimbabwe and the rest of the world is busy fighting COVID-19 pandemic, 131 people have died of malaria from the more than 135 000 infected since the beginning of 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Hampers Country's Ability To Combat Malaria - Health Minister
[New Zimbabwe] Health Minister Obadiah Moyo says the government's effort to carry out malaria treatment has been derailed seriously by the outbreak of COVID-19 with all resources and efforts being channelled to fighting the novel disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Endorses Anti-Malaria Drug Under Clinical Trial to Cure COVID-19
[East African] Uganda's first patients who fully recovered from the deadly corona virus disease (Covid-19) were treated using the controversial hydroxychloroquine drug that is yet to be approved by the World Health Organisation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Research reveals a new malaria vaccine candidate
(Brown University) In a study that could lead to a new vaccine against malaria, researchers have found antibodies that trigger a 'kill switch' in malarial cells, causing them to self-destruct. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug championed by Trump for coronavirus shows no benefit, possible harm in study awaiting validation
An old malaria drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a "game changer" in the fight against the coronavirus provided no benefit and potentially higher risk of death for patients at U.S. veterans hospitals, according to an analysis that has been submitted for expert review. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Novartis to Test Efficacy of Old Malaria Drug Against COVID-19 Novartis to Test Efficacy of Old Malaria Drug Against COVID-19
Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said on Monday it will test the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in a randomized trial to see if the much talked about medicine is actually effective against COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 21, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study
A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large new study (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Novartis to test efficacy of old malaria drug against COVID-19
Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said on Monday it will test the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in a randomized trial to see if the much talked about medicine is actually effective against COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria - Coalition Tasks Pharmaceutical Coys On Free Donation of Drugs
[Vanguard] A coalition of some non- governmental organisations under the aegis of Nigeria Humanitarian Action, NIHA, has appealed to pharmaceutical companies in the country to contribute free anti-malaria drugs to eradicate the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Panic As Malaria Outbreak Kills 131 Countrywide
[New Zimbabwe] While the country turns all efforts and resources towards fighting the COVID-19 scourge, it has emerged malaria has claimed 131 lives since the beginning of April. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

BCG Vaccine Fighting Coronavirus in South Asia
The map from the medical journal Plos Medicine displays BCG vaccination policy by country. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis. Yellow: The country now has a universal BCG vaccination program. Blue: The country used to recommend BCG vaccination for everyone, but now does not. Red: The country never had a universal vaccination program.By Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Apr 20 2020 (IPS) Numerous studies in many parts of the world have linked the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination, widely used in the developing world with fewer Coronavirus cases. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Malaria Kills 131 in 4 Months
[The Herald] The annual malaria outbreaks in Zimbabwe have killed 131 people, while 135 585 others have been ill, between January 1 this year and last Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Novartis, U.S. drug regulator agree to malaria drug trial against COVID-19
Novartis has won the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a randomized trial of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19 disease, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday, to see if it helps patients. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Trump Calls This Drug a ‘Game Changer.’ Doctors Aren’t So Sure.
The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has become a political litmus test. But doctors on the front lines of coronavirus say it ’s just another tool in desperate times. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Hydroxychloroquine (Drug) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Clinical Trials Trump, Donald J Lenox Hill Hospital your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Malaria drugs fail to help coronavirus patients in controlled studies
Hydroxychloroquine, the drug President Trump hailed as a coronavirus killer, had no beneficial effect for COVID-19 patients in two controlled trials. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Malaria drugs fail to help coronavirus patients in controlled studies
Hydroxychloroquine, the drug President Trump hailed as a coronavirus killer, had no beneficial effect for COVID-19 patients in two controlled trials. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Genetic variation not an obstacle to gene drive strategy to control mosquitoes
(University of California - Davis) New research from entomologists at UC Davis clears a potential obstacle to using CRISPR-Cas9 'gene drive' technology to control mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Coronavirus could erode global fight against other diseases
As the world focuses on the pandemic, experts fear losing ground in the long fight against other infectious diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and cholera that kill millions every year. Also at risk are decades-long efforts that allowed the World Health Organization to set target dates for eradicating malaria, polio and other illnesses. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does NOT speed up coronavirus recovery, Chinese study finds
Doctors at hospitals all over China worked together on a study of the effects of the medication on patients with COVID-19, but they found it made 'no difference' to recovery times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tanzania: Don't Forget Cholera, Malaria, Zanzibar Residents Told
[Daily News] AS Zanzibar, just like other parts of Tanzania, continues to receive heavy rains, residents have been reminded that malaria and cholera still pose public health concern and economic threat. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news