Hydroxychloroquine being 'discarded prematurely' - (BBC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • An Oxford University-led trial investigating hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment against COVID-19 may never find out if it is effective, BBC News reported on Thursday.

  • While ineffective in hospitalised patients, investigators hope the drug might work if given earlier on.

  • The trial is aiming to enrol 40,000 frontline workers around the world.

  • Nick White, one of the study's investigators, said that "I don't think there's been a more politicised and controversial medicine than hydroxychloroquine."

  • The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency halted hydroxychloroquine trials, following a now-discredited paper in The Lancet claiming it caused harms, and trials resumed in late June.

  • However, the investigators suggested that these concerns over safety have made it difficult to get participants.

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