France bans hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

The French government on Wednesday cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to administer hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to patients …

France bans hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

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PARIS: The French government on Wednesday (May 27) cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to administer as a treatment to patients suffering severe forms COVID-19, the illness caused by the .

The announcement comes two days the World Health Organization said it was pausing a large trial of the malaria drug due to safety concerns.

British medical journal The Lancet has reported that patients getting hydroxychloroquine had increased death rates irregular heartbeats, adding to a series of other disappointing results the drug as a way to treat COVID-19.

READ: WHO expects hydroxychloroquine safety findings by mid-JuneREAD: French doctor defiant on hydroxychloroquine despite study

US President Donald Trump and others have pushed hydroxychloroquine recent months as a possible coronavirus treatment.

decided at the end of March to allow the use of hydroxychloroquine in specific situations and in hospitals only.

No vaccine treatment has yet been approved to treat COVID-19 which has killed more than 350,000 globally.

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