Higher death rate in patients taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19: Study

Earlier, a treatment was cited by President Trump regarding hydroxychloroquine in Covid-19, a no less likely to need mechanical ventilation and had higher deaths rates compared to those who did not take the drug, according to a study of hundreds of patients at US Veterans Health Administration medical centers.

The study, was posted on Tuesday at medrxiv.org, which reviewed veterans’medical charts, meaning it was not peer reviewed or published in a medical journal. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Virginia.

Authors, who work at the Columbia VA Health Care System in South Carolina, the University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia wrote.”An association of increased overall mortality was identified in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone. These findings highlight the importance of awaiting the results of ongoing prospective, randomized, controlled studies before widespread adoption of these drugs,”

Researchers also looked at whether taking hydroxychloroquine or a combination of hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, had an effect on whether a patient needed to go on a ventilator.


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