The FDA streamlined a treatment for COVID-19.
What it is & why it matters.
What’s Going On
The FDA approved emergency use of the following drugs for treating COVID-19: chloroquine phosphate & hydroxychloroquine sulfate.
This allows the drugs to be used in ways in which they haven’t been tested & originally approved.
You may hear about hydroxychloroquine used with the antibiotic azithromycin.
What You Should Know
A small but recent study in France showed some positive results of using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for patients with COVID-19.
The study examined 80 patients who received the drugs. They ranged in age from 18 to 88-yrs-old, more than half had preexisting conditions. ALL RECOVERED except two: an 86-yr-old died & a 74-yr-old remained in ICU.
“We believe other teams should urgently evaluate this cost-effective therapeutic strategy, to both avoid the spread of the disease and treat patients as soon as possible before severe respiratory irreversible complications take hold.”
The research team emphasized the patients tested “clear” of COVID-19 (known formally as SARS-CoV-2) in just over a week, shortening hospital stays, and hopefully preventing future transmission.
First approved by FDA in 1955.
Prescribed for malaria & autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is very similar to the 2003 SARS virus. After that outbreak the CDC studied a “relative” of hydroxychloroquine (chloroquine) that showed promise for shortening or even preventing infection.
Developed by a medical team in Croatia – patented in 1981.
Common dosage often called a “Z-Pak.”
Prescribed frequently in 3 or 5 day-doses.
Often used to battle bacterial infections, like sinus and ear infections.
Something To Consider
The FDA issued a warning after a married couple ingested chloroquine phosphate, an ingredient in fish food, to prevent COVID-19; the husband died and the wife was hospitalized.
Doctors have raised concerns about the use of hydroxychloroquine & azithromycin ~ especially in combination ~ as a rare side effect in *some people* can lead to cardiac arrest.
Why would the combination of drugs work? And what’s the potential side effects for those with COVID-19? Two big, important, and unanswered questions. We’ll keep you posted. You can check out the French study on our source page.
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by Jenna Lee,