A major hospital in France has had its stocks of hydroxychloroquine stolen by persons unknown.
Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that is used to treat malaria. Recent trials have tentatively shown that it is effective against the Coronavirus. Since it is a long-established drug, it can be immediately prescribed against the disease too, without testing.
Professor Christian Perronne, chief of infectious diseases at Raymond Poincaré university hospital in Garches, confirmed the theft of the drug in an interview with LCI.
“Unfortunately, the central hospital pharmacy announced today that it’s totally out of stock, that the stocks have been looted. It’s lamentable, and it’s been looted.”
On March 9, a team of researchers in China published resultsshowingthat hydroxychloroquine was effective. The authors suggested a five-day treatment consisting of two 200-milligram tablets twice a day on the first day followed by one tablet twice a day for four more days.
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