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France bans controversial drug to treat COVID-19

Paris The French government has cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to administer hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to patients suffering severe forms of COVID-19.

Wednesday’s announcement comes two days after the World Health Organisation said it was pausing a large trial of the malaria drug due to safety concerns.

France has banned the use of a controversial drug to treat COVID-19.

France has banned the use of a controversial drug to treat COVID-19.Credit:AP

British medical journal The Lancet has reported that patients getting hydroxychloroquine had increased death rates and irregular heartbeats, adding to a series of other disappointing results for the drug as a way to treat COVID-19.

US President Donald Trump and others have pushed hydroxychloroquine in recent months as a possible coronavirus treatment.

France decided at the end of March to allow the use of hydroxychloroquine in specific situations and in hospitals only.

No vaccine or treatment has yet been approved to treat COVID-19, which has killed more than 350,000 people globally.

Reuters

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