The world health Organization announced that it had decided on Wednesday to stop clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for patients Covid-19 hospitalized, arriving at the conclusion that this antimalarial drug did not reduce their mortality rate.
“Evidence internal made by the Trial, Solidarity/Discovery, the external evidence made by the Trial Recovery, and the combined evidence provided by these two trials largely random, taken together, suggest that hydroxychloroquine – when compared with the usual treatments of patients hospitalized for the Covid-19 – does not result in the reduction of the mortality of these patients“said dr. Ana Maria Henao Restrepo, WHO, during a virtual press conference in Geneva.
The study of the european Discovery evaluates the effectiveness of four treatments for the Covid-19. For Recovery, the first clinical trial major -produced by the british University of Oxford – to have delivered results, hydroxychloroquine has “no beneficial effect“in terms of Covid-19.
“On the basis of these analyses and the study of the evidence (…), after discussions, it was concluded that the weapon of hydroxychloroquine will be withdrawn from the Trial Solidarity“, said Wednesday the dr. Ana Maria Henao Restrepo.
She stressed, however, that the decision to stop testing on hospitalized patients suffering from Covid-19 was not involved in the use of, or the assessment of this molecule as a preventative treatment of the disease due to the new coronavirus.
This announcement comes two days after u.s. health authorities have withdrawn permission to use it in emergency, two-treatment anti-malarial drugs against the Covid-19, chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine, defended by president Donald Trump.