By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Often, the best treatments for new diseases come from existing medications that were designed to treatÂ other ailments, and it appears as though that might be the case with the virus that causes COVID-19.
A trio of medical studies point to a medication that is used to treat malaria as being effective in treating at least some coronavirus cases, according to Watts Up With That.
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The studies “show a commonly available anti-malaria drug known as chloroquine aka chloroquine phosphate is showing strong results against COVID-19 infections in both China and South Korea,” the site notes, citing information contained in a report published by Nature.
The summary of one of those studies was presented by Dr.Â James M. Todaro, MD and Gregory J. Rigano, Esq., “In consultation with Stanford University School of Medicine, UAB School of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences researchers,” and it says:
Recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that chloroquine is an effective antiviral therapeutic treatment against Coronavirus Disease 2019. Â Use of chloroquine (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus including faster time to recovery and shorter hospital stay. Â
US CDC research shows that chloroquine also has strong potential as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against coronavirus in the lab, while we wait for a vaccine to be developed. Â Chloroquine is an inexpensive, globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoimmune and various other conditions. Â
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: â€œChloroquine (also known as chloroquine phosphate) is an antimalarial medicineâ€¦ Chloroquine is available in the United States by prescription onlyâ€¦ Chloroquine can be prescribed for eitherÂ prevention or treatmentÂ of malaria. Chloroquine can be prescribed to adults and children of all ages. It can also be safely taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers.â€
CDC research also indicates that â€œchloroquine can affect virus infection in many ways, and the antiviral effect depends in part on the extent to which the virus utilizes endosomes for entry. Chloroquine has been widely used to treat human diseases, such as malaria, amoebiosis, HIV, and autoimmune diseases, without significant detrimental side effects.â€
Doctors in China and South Korea have noted that the coronavirus patients treated with chloroquine have shown reduced fever and better lung CT images, and so far research has not found any negative effects of the treatment.
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Hello, FDA? How about someone take away a ton of red tape and get this treatment approved like, yesterday? That might be a good idea.
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