Doctors advise people not to hoard malaria drugs 5

Doctors advise people not to hoard malaria drugs 5

Many Vietnamese people are looking to buy anti-malaria drugs to treat Covid-19, but doctors advise against it because arbitrarily using the drugs can cause poisoning.

On March 22, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control warned people absolutely not to buy and hoard chloroquine.

The purchasing took place after US President Trump on March 19 asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up the process of allowing the use of hydroxychloroquin, an anti-malaria drug, to treat Covid-19.

Dr. Le Quoc Hung, Head of the Department of Tropical Diseases, Cho Ray Hospital, said that chloroquine is a quinine-based substance synthesized by the Germans in the 1930s. Initially the drug was used to treat malaria.

Hydroxychloroquine is a new compound that has the same effects as chloroquine but is less toxic. It is indicated for the treatment of malaria, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, Sarcoidosis, and some skin diseases caused by light…

According to Dr. Hung, since the outbreaks of SARS (in 2003) and MERS (in 2009), pharmaceutical companies have been racing to find specific drugs to treat the corona virus, but currently there is no effective drug.

Many drugs, including Chloroquine, were chosen by researchers to test the treatment of SARS-CoV 2. Photo: santemagazine

`Even though there is no specific medicine to treat and only supportive measures are used, there are currently nearly 92,000 people recovering from Covid-19 in the world, including many older people with serious illnesses requiring mechanical ventilation,` said Dr.

`In recent days, we have heard that people are rushing to buy hydroxychloroquin, causing virtual scarcity of the drug and skyrocketing drug prices, a surprise for our doctors,` he shared.

Dr. Hung asked the questions: Once determined to be positive for nCoV, will people go to the hospital for treatment or treat themselves at home and store the medicine?

`Previously, many people rushed to buy Tamiflu at a very high price to be ready to treat bird flu at home. As a result, the hospital had no shortage of medicine for patients, and those who had already bought the medicine would probably later

When they are sure about the effects of a specific drug, doctors will be the first to use it to treat patients. People should not use it arbitrarily because it can cause money and disability, he said.

Sharing the same opinion, Dr. Truong Huu Khanh, infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital 1, said storing chloroquine in the house is extremely dangerous, an overdose can lead to death.

According to Dr. Khanh, the treatment dose and poisoning dose of this drug are very close to each other.

Hydroxychloroquin is a drug that Vietnam can produce immediately in large quantities, without worrying about shortages, the doctor added.

Le Phuong

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