COVID-19 Pandemic and the Debatable Use of Hydroxychloroquine

  • Yashika Kaushal
  • Ratibha Kaushal
Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, 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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Author Biographies

Yashika Kaushal

MBBS, Presently Clinical Observer, International Medical Graduate, Unit Number 322,  Building Number 8068,  120 A Street, Surrey,  British Columbia, Canada, Postal Code-V3W3P3

Ratibha Kaushal

MBBS, International Medical Graduate, British Columbia, Canada


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DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0508.11465
Published: 2021-11-29
How to Cite
Yashika Kaushal, Ratibha Kaushal. COVID-19 Pandemic and the Debatable Use of Hydroxychloroquine. IHRJ [Internet]. 2021Nov.29 [cited 2022Nov.29];5(8):RV6-RV8. Available from: