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India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India just dropped not only ivermectin, but also HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) and favipiravir to treat COVID-19!

Find out why they did so, and what it means for COVID-19 treatment in India!


India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India had earlier been criticised for continuing to recommend HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) as prophylaxis since at least May 2020, even though it failed to prevent two massive COVID-19 surges.

Then they recommended the use of ivermectin in mild or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 that are in home quarantine, even though it has not been proven to work against COVID-19.

On 27 May 2021, the Directorate General of Health Services of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released updated Comprehensive Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 patients.

That updated COVID-19 treatment guidelines removed not just ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, but also other popular off-label treatments like azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and plasma therapy.

By dropping hydroxycholoroquine, India was finally acknowledging that HCQ simply does not work against COVID-19 – a fact that the world had known since June 2020, when the WHO Solidarity Trial dropped it after determining that it was ineffective against COVID-19.

As we explained before, the verdict on ivermectin is still out, so it simply does not make sense to use it as a mainstream COVID-19 treatment, outside of clinical trials.

The same goes for favipiravir, which is also under investigation as a potential treatment for COVID-19, after lab tests and small pilot studies in humans showed some benefit in reducing symptoms and duration of illness. However, there is still not enough evidence to use it to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.


Indian COVID-19 Treatment w/o Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir

The Indian treatment guidelines for COVID-19 is now much simpler, after removing a whole bunch of off-label drugs.

For example, there is basically no treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, bringing it in line with the rest of the world.

Oxygen support for mild COVID-19 still seems excessive, but it is a heck of a lot better than the earlier guidelines!

Only two off-label drugs are now authorised for emergency use against COVID-19 – remdesivir and tocilizumab, with the following warnings :


  • Emergency Use Authorisation based on limited scientific evidence globally.
  • Only to be used in select moderate / severe hospitalised COVID-19 patients on supplemental oxygen, within 10 days of onset of disease.
  • Exercise extreme caution as this is an experimental drug with potential to harm.


  • Only approved for use in severe and critically-ill COVID-19 patients, that meet these conditions :
    a) no signs of improvement in oxygen requirement after 24-48 hours on corticosteroids
    b) has significantly raised inflammatory markets (C-Creative Protein ≥ 75 mg/L)
  • Must only be used with patients who are free of any bacterial / fungal / tuberculous infection.


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Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

Health officials in Nigeria and the United States are reporting chloroquine poisoning cases with at least one death, after US President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the US FDA approved chloroquine for the treatment and/or prevention of COVID-19.

Here’s what’s going on, and why you should NOT use chloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19!


Donald Trump Falsely Claimed Chloroquine Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19

US President Donald Trump recently stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force almost immediately stepped up to correct him.

The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.

On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine is merely being studied to determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.

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Chloroquine Poisoning In United States

Banner Health in the US has just confirmed that a man has died and his wife is under critical care, after they both consumed chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to prevent COVID-19.

Within 30 minutes of taking chloroquine, the couple, both in their 60s, experienced immediate side effects and had to be admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital.

“Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus, but self-medicating is not the way to do so,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director. “The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardize their health.”


Chloroquine Poisoning In Nigeria

Nigerian officials also reported that three people were hospitalised in Lagos for chloroquine poisoning, after taking chloroquine to prevent COVID-19.

They later issued a statement telling people not to use chloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19 :

According to CNN, Trump’s endorsement of chloroquine has led to price surges in Nigeria as people rush to purchase it.

Kayode Fabunmi, a Lagos-based lawyer, said: “The pharmacist knew the market and was saying to every incoming customer, ‘You know Donald Trump has said this thing cures coronavirus,’ and the price kept changing.

“The original price was 200 naira (around 50 cents), then it became 500 naira ($1.38) then it became 1,000 naira ($2.77) while I was there,” he said.

The Lagos State Health Ministry also issued a statement, with a video of Professor Akin Abayomi (Lagos State Commission for Health) :


Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine MIGHT have some effect on COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.

Even if it can be used to treat COVID-19, they have to determine the therapeutic dose, and whether the dose will be harmful to patients.

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Let us remind you that chloroquine itself can cause shortness of breath, as well as other side effects like itchiness, blurred vision, nausea, vomitting, headache, diarrhoea, muscle weakness and easy bruising.

In addition, people can easily overdose on chloroquine and die from it.

Please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to your Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.

Stay safe, wherever you are!


COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :

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  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!

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