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Hydroxychloroquine: Antimalarial medication
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), sold under the brand name Plaquenil among others, is a medication used to prevent and treat malaria in areas where malaria remains sensitive to chloroquine. Other uses include treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda. It is taken by mouth. HCQ is being studied to prevent and treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19). High quality evidence of benefit for such use is lacking, with concerns of potential harms from side effects.


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Covid-19: India unfazed by HCQ trial halt but will check before donating

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'No harm, potential benefits': ICMR continues recommendation on use of hydroxychloroquine for preventive treatment

Responding to a query on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine during a media briefing on COVID-19, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said biological plausibility of HCQ was supporting that it might be an..
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Health ministry asks states/UTs for real-time update of availability and consumption of HCQ

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ICMR revises guidelines, allows use of HCQ among healthcare workers in COVID-19 containment zones

HCQ can now be administered to all healthcare workers in containment zones; healthcare workers in non-COVID hospitals
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Even those on non-Covid duty now eligible for HCQ

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After China, India reaches out to LAC, African countries with medicine diplomacy

As China woos the world with Covid-related assistance, India is also looking to spread its medicine diplomacy net far and wide. While many countries like the US have purchased the antimalarial drug —..
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Centre places orders for 11.45 crore HCQ tablets with 2 Indian firms

India has placed urgent orders for at least 11.45 crore tablets of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). This drug is being directly procured by HLL Lifecare, on behalf of the Union Health Ministry. Hindustan..
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States start plasma therapy trials, HCQ administration in War Covid

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No shortage of Hydroxychloroquine in India: IDMA Gujarat Chairman

The chairman of Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association, Gujarat chapter has asserted that there is no shortage of Hydroxychloroquine in India and the country's current production of HCQ is 35 to 40..
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Hydroxychloroquine could have side-effects, suggests new study by ICMR

Many healthcare workers who took anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) reported side-effects like abdominal pain, nausea and hypoglycemia during a study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical..
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Eternally grateful for quick HCQ delivery: Dominican Republic

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MEA pulled out all stops to send HCQ to Dominican Republic

India this week managed to send an emergency aid comprising 200,000 HCQ tablets to Dominican Republic (DR) located in the Caribbean. After exploring several options unsuccessfully, the MEA got the..
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Covid-19: Maharashtra may hand out anti-malaria drug as preventive med

The Maharashtra government is considering giving hydroxychloroquine sulphate (HCQS) tablets as a "preventive medicine" to slum residents at highest risk of the infection. A high-ranking state..
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COVID-19: India clears first list of 13 nations for hydroxychloroquine export; neighbouring countries get priority

The HCQ, termed as a game-changer drug by India, will be provided to 13 countries. The countries are listed here:
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HCQ supply doubled in domestic market to prevent hoarding

Addressing reports of shortage, government officials said there were sufficient stocks of HCQ in the country to meet demand and also for a buffer. The government estimates that India needs 1.6 crore..
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Will aid humanity’s fight, says PM Modi after Donald Trump’s ‘thanks’

The exchange between PM Modi and President Trump comes just days after certain comments by Trump had been construed to appear like he was threatening retaliation if New Delhi didn’t lift the export..
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Factbox: U.S. hospitals differ on best use of hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus

Major hospitals in New York, Louisiana and other areas hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak are routinely using hydroxychloroquine on patients hospitalized with COVID-19, though robust evidence on..
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