The Hydroxychloroquine drug promoted by President Donald Trump to combat the coronavirus is causing more harm than good according to researchers.
The Lancet published a study stating that patients who have taken Hydroxychloroquine had higher chances of experiencing abnormal heart rhythms meaning they were at higher risk of dying from COVID-19.
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The research was carried out on 96,032 patients who tested positive of the coronavirus. The patients were taken from 671 hospitals worldwide.
Further research is required as the study was not conducted under proper testing parameters but these preliminary findings have prompted Lancet to advise against the taking of the drug.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Cardiology had previously warned of the potential dangers of taking the Malaria drug.
The Nature Medicine journal already announced that 84 patients who had been administered the drug, later experienced rhythm disruptions when tested with electrocardiograms.
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The president has been promoting the use of the Malaria drug against the advice of medical experts.
This lead to many hospitals prescribing the use of the drug along with antibiotic azithromycin in clinical trials as the search for a cure to the disease continues.
The promotion of the drug by Trump also led to an increase in prescriptions for the Malaria drug outside of clinical trials as people have become desperate.