Steve May 22, 2020
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In a study published in the Peer-Reviewed medical journal The Lancet on May 22, 2020 it concluded that Hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for Covid-19, but rather may increase the risk of ventricular arrhythmias and decreased hospital survival.

Background

“Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with a second-generation macrolide, are being widely used for treatment of COVID-19, despite no conclusive evidence of their benefit. Although generally safe when used for approved indications such as autoimmune disease or malaria, the safety and benefit of these treatment regimens are poorly evaluated in COVID-19.”

Interpretation

“We were unable to confirm a benefit of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, when used alone or with a macrolide, on in-hospital outcomes for COVID-19. Each of these drug regimens was associated with decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias when used for treatment of COVID-19.”

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