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What is the malaria drug for treatment for COVID-19 and is it safe?

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The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (closely related to another malaria drug called chloroquine) was originally thought to have potential for treating people with COVID-19 symptoms. At one poimnt, the FDA even granted Emergency Usage Authorization.

That EUA was reversed after studies found it was “unlikely to be effective” against COVID-19." In addition there were concerns over serious side effects it can cause, including potentially fatal heart rhythm problems in COVID-19 patients.

The drug can no longer be put into the federal stockpile and distributed to the states to help them combat COVID. But doctors can still prescribe it if they determine it is appropriate for treating their patients, including during COVID.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information for Clinicians on Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 14, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information for Clinicians on Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 14, 2020

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