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Did The FDA Confirm That Chloroquine Can Cure COVID-19? – The Facts

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency authorisation that health care workers can treat COVID-19 patients with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

 

This is in line with President Donald Trump’s earlier statement that the FDA had approved chloroquine treatment in the US. Many have since tagged chloroquine as a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

But what did the FDA’s emergency authorisation mean?

 

On Saturday 28th March 2020, the Food and Drug Administration gave the approval via a letter. It was not until the next day that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this to the public via a press release.

 

It also added in its statement:

 

“Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The safety profile of these drugs has only been studied for FDA approved indications, not COVID-19.”

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What this means is that there is no scientific basis that chloroquine is the cure for COVID-19. At least, according to authorised reports from the FDA which many people are quoting. It only acknowledges that it has ‘some benefits’.

 

Further, the main reason behind this emergency authorisation lies in the fact that its benefits outweigh its risks. Meaning that; administering chloroquine to COVID-19 patients will do them more good than harm.

 

In addition to this, it limits its use for only patients who are hospitalised. Even at that, it further mandates that such patients must weigh at least 50kg or about 110 pounds.

 

Thus, people are advised not to start self-medication or abusing chloroquine.

 

As the long-reaching arm of coronavirus continues to touch every part of the world, it is important for people to get verified information. Making it important to ascertain details before sharing any information.

 

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Onwuasoanya Obinna

A reader of books and stringer of words. Passionate about Science and Tech. When not writing or reading he is surfing the web and Tweeting.

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