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Cheap and Common Drug Shown Effective Against COVID-19

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

Although there's currently no vaccine for coronavirus or approved medicines, researchers are seeing promising results in a medicine that already exist and is FDA approved: Chloroquine Phosphate.

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In February, authors from the Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, Qingdao University, Qingdao, China, published in NCBI, or The National Center for Biotechnology Information that "Chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for treatment of malaria, is shown to have apparent efficacy and acceptable safety against COVID-19 associated pneumonia in multicenter clinical trials conducted in China."

(See Breakthrough: Chloroquine phosphate has shown apparent efficacy in treatment of COVID-19 associated pneumonia in clinical studies.)


"Previous studies have shown that chloroquine phosphate (chloroquine) had a wide range of antiviral effects, including anti-coronavirus." The NCBI published on March 12, 2020. "Here we found that treating the patients diagnosed as novel coronavirus pneumonia with chloroquine might improve the success rate of treatment, shorten hospital stay and improve patient outcome."



The article also said "It's recommended chloroquine phosphate tablet, 500mg twice per day for 10 days for patients diagnosed as mild, moderate and severe cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia and without contraindications to chloroquine."

(see Expert consensus on chloroquine phosphate for the treatment of novel coronavirus pneumonia)


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation recently tweeted the breakthrough about the anti-malarial medication.



"Scientifically," said Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President of Clinical Affairs, "it would make sense that an anti-malarial drug might also fight an infection caused by a coronavirus."


Wikipedia cites “In trials conducted in China, chloroquine appears to be useful for coronavirus disease 2019”.


In light of the findings, the UK government has banned the export and “hoarding” of three drugs being used to treat coronavirus patients in China in anticipation of shortages in Britain following the Covid-19 pandemic. One of those drugs is Chloroquine phosphate.


Recipharm, a leading contract development and manufacturing organization, notes an increased demand for Chloroquine Phosphate as countries worldwide look for a solution to the sickness that's plaguing their nation.


Cost of Treatment

The wholesale cost in the developing world is about US$0.04. In the United States, it costs about US$5.30 per dose. Coronavirus testing, it has been noted, cost around $35.


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