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By : Oneindia Video Team
Published : April 10, 2020, 05:50
Duration : 01:58

Who shouldn't use Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19, Govt issues advisory

AS NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD HEAP PRAISES ON INDIA FOR THE RELEASE OF ANTI-MALARIAN DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE THAT HAS BEEN DUBBED AS A GAME CHANGER BY US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, AN ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE HEALTH MINISTRY ON THE USAGE OF THE DRUG. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HAS GRABBED THE WORLD'S ATTENTION AS THERE REMAINS NO VACCINE IN SIGHT TO FIGHT THE DEADLY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE ADVISORY IS BASED ON RECOMMENDATION OF THE TASKFORCE CONSTITUTED BY THE INDIAN COUNCIL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH. THE ADVISORY RECOMMENDS NOT ADMINISTERING THE DRUG TO CHILDREN BELOW THE AGE OF 15. IT ALSO SAYS THAT PEOPLE WITH KNOWN CASE OF RETINOPATHY AND KNOWN HYPERSENSITIVITY TO HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE OR 4-AMINOQUINOLINE COMPOUNDS SHOULD ALSO NOT TAKE THE MEDICINE. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE IS BEING HAILED AS THE MEDICINE WHICH CAN TREAT COVID-19, BUT ICMR HAS SAID THAT IT IS NOT RECOMMENDING ITS COMMERCIAL USE UNLESS IT GETS SATISFACTORY TEST RESULTS.
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