Drugs hyped as coronavirus treatment linked to psychiatric disorders, says EU agency


EU’s drug regulator issues warning about chloroquine and a related compound, hydroxychloroquine.

BY CARLO MARTUSCELLI

The two medicines were some of the first drugs put forward as possible treatments for the coronavirus, and were famously promoted by controversial French doctor Didier Raoult and U.S. President Donald Trump. However, since then, they haven’t shown to be effective in clinical studies.

The European Medicines Agency said that it had initiated a review of the drugs after receiving a notification from Spain’s medicines authority, AEMPS, of six cases of mental disturbances linked to coronavirus patients who were given higher than authorized doses of the medicines.

FULL STORY: Politico.eu

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