Scientists raise concern over HCQ study

30 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Scientists raise concern over HCQ study

PARIS: Dozens of scientists have raised concerns over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine that led to the World Health Organization suspending clinical trials of the anti-viral drugs as a potential treatment for COVID-19, reports AFP.

Hydroxychloroquine, normally used to treat arthritis, is one of an array of drugs being tested as scientists look for potential treatments for coronavirus patients. It has also become the most high profile, partly because of comments by US President Donald Trump — who announced this month he was taking the drug as a preventative measure against coronavirus.

The research, which was published in the Lancet on May 22, looked at records from 96,000 patients across hundreds of hospitals.