Covid-19: hydroxychloroquine responsible for the death of 9,500 people

According to a French study, hydroxychloroquine caused the death of around 9,500 people during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

About 9,500 deaths in at least eight countries

Since the first wave of the pandemic coronavirusthe efficiency of thehydroxychloroquine against the virus is debated. The drug even caught the eye of President Emmanuel Macron. But’hydroxychloroquine received too much criticism due to its adverse effects.

A study, published in 2021 in Nature Communications, indicated that patients treated withhydroxychloroquine had an 11% chance of dying compared to other patients. Presented at the congress of the French Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, another French study criticizes the drug a little more. According to her, thehydroxychloroquine reportedly caused around 9,500 deaths in at least eight countries during the first wave. These are Brazil, France, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and the United States.

Deaths caused by heart problems

In France, between 6 and 16% of patients hospitalized due to Covid-19 would have been offered treatment withhydroxychloroquine. Among them, 98 to 256 people would have died. Scientists observed a huge variation in the rate of prescription of the drug from one country to another, ranging from 6 to 97%.

Combining their data with that of teams from Berlin and Stanford, the researchers were able to establish nearly 5,645 drug-related deaths in the United States and 9,485 in the eight countries. Following the first wave, prescription rates for thehydroxychloroquine dropped. “Deaths believed to be attributable to adverse cardiac effects of treatment“, noted the researchers.

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