COVID-19 Pandemic and the Debatable Use of Hydroxychloroquine
Healthcare professionals and scientists were not able to provide a good answer to the COVID-19 pandemic that shook the whole world. Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug with a good safety profile. It can be used in pediatric subjects as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Hydroxychloroquine is a widely used, essential drug in dermatology. It has got anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and immunomodulatory properties. It was globally prescribed to prevent and treat COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus. The use of this drug in treating COVID-19 is debatable and for sure is not indicated in the labelling documents provided by the companies that manufacture this drug. The unnecessary use of this drug also led to short supply. We hereby review its properties, mechanism, safety profile and the issue COVID pandemic has caused to the supply of this drug.
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