The ‘Evidence Is Clear': Hydroxychloroquine Doesn't Help COVID-19 Patients

The latest evidence shows no benefit to the drug when used in very sick patients

In this May 20, 2020, file photo, hydroxychloroquine sits on a shelf at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah.
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Researchers at the University of Oxford in the U.K. have concluded that hydroxychloroquine does nothing to prevent COVID-19-related deaths, NBC News reports.

The research is a continuation of a major clinical trial that found that the drug — which has previously been touted by President Donald Trump and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro — had no clinical benefit.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined the outcomes of 1,561 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who received hydroxychloroquine and compared them to 3,155 patients who served as a control group.

Within a month, about a quarter of the patients in each group had died.

"The scientific evidence is clear," said Dr. Caleb Alexander, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "There is no convincing evidence of its effectiveness for treating COVID."

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