The Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of two drugs President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted as a possible “game changer” in the fight against the coronavirus.
The Drug Safety Communication published Friday said the agency cautions against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 treatment outside of hospitals or clinical trials due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.
“Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19,” the FDA warned. Both can cause abnormal heart rhythms and a dangerously rapid heart rate, the statement said.
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