Hydroxychloroquine does not work to deal with covid-19 and all research on the drug should be abandoned, with the suspension of the budget for any study with the product and the redirection of resources to other sectors.
The recommendation is from a panel of WHO experts, who “strongly advise against the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent” the disease. The remedy was promoted by President Jair Bolsonaro, who allocated a budget for the purchase and distribution of the alleged treatment.
“Drugs are no longer a research priority: resources must focus on other, more promising drugs to prevent covid-19,” the WHO asked.
“The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine should not be used to prevent infections in people who do not have covid-19,” said the panel of international experts. The recommendation was “based on highly reliable evidence from six controlled trials involving more than 6,000 participants”.
“Evidence showed that hydroxychloroquine had no significant effect on death and hospital admission, while evidence of moderate certainty showed that hydroxychloroquine did not have a significant effect on laboratory confirmed covid-19 infection and likely increases the risk of side effects. adverse, “he warns.
The panel therefore considers that the drug “is no longer a research priority and that resources should be used to evaluate other, more promising drugs to prevent covid-19”.
“This guideline applies to all individuals who do not have covid-19, regardless of their exposure to a person with an infection,” explains the WHO.
Just last year, the agency had already abandoned its studies. But, now, he recommends that all research be abandoned in the face of scientific revelations.