April 26, 2020 / 4:44 AM / a month ago

Health Canada cautions on use of malaria drugs to treat COVID-19

(Reuters) - Health Canada cautioned on Saturday against the use of malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.

The Canadian health department said here the two drugs may cause serious side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems. It advised use of the two drugs only if prescribed by a doctor.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also cautioned against the use of malaria drugs in COVID-19 patients on Friday.

Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill

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