Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is buzzing the news for the last 24 hours since US President Donald Trump told India to cancel the ban on the exports of hydroxychloroquine medicines. It is to be noted that India has imposed a ban on the exports of these medicines from March 26.
The USA wants India to keep on exporting these medicines to cure Corona patients. Not the only USA but Brazil has also reached out to India to overturn the ban so that the medicines can be imported in Brazil. It is believed that Hydroxychloroquine Treatment For Coronavirus is possible and it can help in preventing the virus to spread more.
Now, Chloroquine is a new term for most of us and we don’t know what it is used for so let us gather some information for it first.
What is Chloroquine?
As per the US National Library of Medicine, it is a class of drugs (antimalarial drugs) used for curing malaria. Other than malaria, it is used for rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, pemphigus, lichen planus, systemic and discoid lupus erythematosus, and many other problems.
US Government believes that hydroxychloroquine tablets can be used as an aid to prevent the Corona. It is known to everyone that many doctors and nurses are working day and night to treat the Corona patients in the hospital. They are the frontline workers and can get infected with the virus quickly. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) medications can help them prevent the virus to get infected.
It isn’t new, it is derived from the bark of the chinchona tree and has been around since World War II. It is not safe for everyone and is not for the patients suffering from heart arrhythmia, kidney or liver issues.
Will this work in the case of Corona?
Now, will this work for Corona or not is a subjective question and currently there is no scientific evidence to prove it. If it works then we have to check if there are any side effects of it or not. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top Coronavirus advisor of the White House said that we can’t say it works with 100% surety. Some data shows that it has worked for some people while there are other data showing that there is no effect of it.
What efforts are going on?
FDA (Food & Drug Administration), the USA has been working closely with the researchers and government agencies to investigate whether the chloroquine has an impact on the Corona or not, can it be a Coronavirus cure or not.
It is having an impact on malaria and rheumatoid arthritis but whether it has on the Coronavirus or not is a subject of proper detailed research and investigation. Work to find out the impact has been going on by FDA in collaboration with academic centers of the USA.
If there is any impact of this drug then the patients with Corona can take them and it will help to reduce the duration of symptoms and prevent its viral infection eventually stopping from other people getting infected. This complete explanation was provided by the FDA after Mr. Donald Trump kept on insisting that hydroxychloroquine was the aid to stop the spread of Corona.
One research that was published in Bioscience Trends said that Chloroquine phosphate has shown good efficacy against the COVID-19 associated pneumonia in clinical trials of China, the place where it all originated. It also mentioned that this drug is recommended to be included in the guidelines of the National Health Commission of China in the next version.
The news came that the University of Minnesota is conducting one study for this. In this study, hydroxychloroquine is given to the people who live with a Corona patient and in this way, we can check if there is any major impact in the prevention of the infection. If the drug will be impactful in preventing the infection then it will be a major boon for the whole world as the chain reaction of the virus can be broken.
Pharma companies are coming forward to donate this drug
Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company said that there were positive signs of the potential use of chloroquine phosphate drug, called Resochin in the preclinical research done in China. It shows the potential use of treating Corona patients with this drug.
The company will be donating 3 million doses of Resochin to the US government to fight hard against the Coronavirus outbreak and to safeguard the frontline workers, patients, and citizens.
Another big name of the Pharma industry, Novartis of Switzerland has pledged to donate 130 million hydroxychloroquine tablets to the various nations of the world. This will help to meet the urgent demand for medications required to prevent the infection. Regulatory approvals are pending for the company yet.
Indian Government has placed an order for numerous tablets to its top Pharma companies. This will help to prevent the infection in India and might be these medicines can be exported outside the country too if the ban is removed.
The Chloroquine is sold for $6.63 per tablet in the US. It is also a component of multiple drugs sold across the globe.
So, here was a brief of the Hydroxychloroquine Treatment. Though the coronavirus vaccine is not yet found out, this drug can help us in preventing the virus and stopping its chain reaction ultimately. I hope it has a positive and crucial impact on preventing the virus as this will be a big cure for the world. For more information on COVID 19, visit Healthclubfinder.