The World Health Organization has temporarily suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the decision as concerns grow about side effects of the malaria drug.
Reportedly, it can have serious side effects mostly centered around the heart. A study published last week showed the drug raised the risk of heart problems and death.
While hydroxychloroquine has been reported to be very effective in treating coronavirus, the side effects are extremely worrisome for many.
While research hasn’t been completely abandoned, the plan going forward is to look for other drugs with less serious side effects.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved hydroxychloroquine for emergency use, but has also been open about the seriousness of potential side effects.
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