WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in Covid-19 trials

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New Delhi (NVI): The World Health Organisation has discontinued trials of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir to find out whether these drugs help patients hospitalised with the Covid-19.

In a release, WHO said that it has “accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms”.

The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.

“The International Steering Committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity trial interim results, and from a review of the evidence from all trials presented at the 1-2 July WHO Summit on COVID-19 research and innovation,” WHO said in a statement.

The interim trial results showed that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. “Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,” WHO said in a release issued Saturday.

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