COVID-19: ICMR launches study on side effects of hydroxychloroquine - (Business Standard via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that some healthcare workers who self-medicated with hydroxychloroquine have shown side effects like abdominal pain, nausea and hypoglycaemia among others, as reported Business Standard

  • Raman R Gangakhedkar, ICMR head of epidemiology and communicable diseases, said the ICMR has launched a study on side effects of hydroxychloroquine using data of some healthcare workers who had started taking the drug.

  • Abdominal pain was reported in 10% of all those who consumed the medication, while nausea-like symptoms were reported in 6%, and "around 1.3% had hypoglycaemia," Gangakhedkar said.

  • He noted that 22% of the healthcare workers, whose average age was 35, had existing co-morbidities like diabetes or blood pressure problems or vascular-related ailments or respiratory illnesses.

  • "What has come to fore is that despite they being healthcare workers, 14% of them did not even get their ECG checked before having it," Gangakhedkar said.

  • Gangakhedkar further noted that the ICMR has initiated a study to determine the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medicine for COVID-19 in which around 480 patients will be enrolled and studied for eight weeks.

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