Hydroxychloroquine has ‘no benefit’ for coronavirus patients: Major UK trial

The drug hydroxychloroquine is displayed by a pharmacist in Provo. (File photo: Reuters)

A major British trial of hydroxychloroquine has found it has “no benefit” for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, researchers said Friday, announcing they had halted tests of the drug.

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“We have concluded that there is no beneficial effect of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalized with COVID-19,” said a statement from the chief investigators in the randomized clinical trial, which is run by the University of Oxford and is testing a number of potential treatments for the new coronavirus.

They added they would stop recruiting patients to the hydroxychloroquine part of the trial “with immediate effect.”

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Last Update: Friday, 05 June 2020 KSA 17:17 - GMT 14:17