Patients hospitalized in Portugal with covid-19 can be treated with the malaria and ebola drugs still under investigation for use in the new coronavirus, according to the new rule of the Directorate-General for Health.
At standard that came into force at 00:00 this Thursday, the national health authority recalls that there are currently no authorized drugs for the treatment of Covid-19, nor are any vaccines authorized, but that there are several molecules identified as "possible therapeutic candidates".
“To date, considering the current scientific knowledge and the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organization), the following therapeutic strategies are being investigated, among others: Remdesivir (used for the Ebola virus), Lopinavir / Ritonavir (HIV), and Chloroquine (malaria) or Hydroxychloroquine (malaria)".
According to the criteria for therapeutic approach defined by the DGS, patients admitted to wards with respiratory failure or radiological evidence of pneumonia can be treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for at least seven days. It is also admitted to consider adding lopinavir / ritonavir.
Patients admitted to intensive care units all have indication to be able to take, in addition to other drugs, the remive, used in Ebola cases.
In the note, DGS says that these antiviral therapies can be equated according to the defined criteria and “with the clinical judgment”.
Brazil authorized the use of Chloroquine
Brazil announced on Wednesday that it will authorize the use of the drug Chloroquine to treat severe cases of covid-19 and the same had already happened in African countries. This week the launch of a large clinical trial to test four experimental treatments for coronavirus in several European countries was announced.
The Discovery essay should include 3,200 European patients in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain, and can reach other countries.
At stake are an antiviral designed initially for the Ebola virus, an HIV drug and a 'cousin' treatment of Chloroquine, which is used in cases of malaria / malaria.
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