India removes Ivermectin, HCQ from Covid-19 treatment
Published : Friday, 24 September, 2021 at 10:05 PM Count : 293
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Covid-19 National Task Force have dropped the usage of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) drugs from their revised "clinical guidance for management of adult Covid-19 patients".
However, both the medicines can be used with caution in a climax trial setting. According to reports, experts of the government bodies did not find enough evidence of a potential therapeutic effect of the widely used medicines against coronavirus, reports The Hindustan Times.
A study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had earlier said the antiparasitic medicine Ivermectin did not reduce the viral load or duration of symptoms in patients with Covid-19 even at higher doses. This was found in a randomised controlled trial on 157 patients admitted with mild to moderate disease at the premier hospital during the first surge of infections between July and September last year.