STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

FDA Warns Against Use of Hydroxychloroquine in Non-Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned consumers and health professionals against using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat non-hospitalized patients for COVID-19 or to prevent the virus, explaining that it can lead to life-threatening heart rhythm problems.

In an April 24 MedWatch Safety Alert, the agency noted that it authorized temporary use of the drugs “only in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 when clinical trials are not available, or participation is not feasible, through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are FDA-approved to treat or prevent malaria. Hydroxychloroquine is also FDA-approved to treat autoimmune conditions ...



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