As public figures and some in the media touted hydroxychloroquine, prescriptions skyrocketed.
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When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor's office.
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The h-index has become an indicator of quality for many researchers and may influence the allocation of research funds. But some question its value.
A high-profile paper
on the risks of hyrdoxychloroquine was recently and rightfully retracted.
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Severe scrutiny of two major papers, including one about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, is part of science's normal process of self-correction.
We are slowly figuring out which drugs and therapies are effective against the new coronavirus.
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During the last six months, news reports have mentioned dozens of drugs that may be effective against the new coronavirus. Here we lay out the evidence and reveal which ones are proven to work. Or not.
Scientists have discovered that a widely used, cheap steroid can fight off COVID-19 in the most severe cases. Here's how it works.
In this week’s round-up of coronavirus articles by scholars around the globe, we explore the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and the latest on drug trials.
Laboratories around the world are working round the clock to find treatments or a vaccine for COVID-19.
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The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?
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Our experts look at why people of colour are being hit harder by COVID-19, New Zealand's success in eliminating the virus, and the latest on drug trials.
The World Health Organisation has suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in a global drug trial.
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In the hope of finding a cure for COVID-19, it is easy to get lost in the hype. But chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine should for now be set aside.
People taking hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus may be more likely to die, according to new research. But that doesn't mean the drug is killing them.
President Trump says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive for the coronavirus.
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Our expert assessed all the controlled studies so far on hydroxychloroquine. His findings may surprise you.
Health care workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for COVID-19.
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Africa needs to be better prepared to deal with future pandemics. That should start with a re-assessment of how countries invest in – and support – local research.
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The US president has reignited controversy over the use of malaria drugs to guard against COVID-19. But there is little reliable evidence so far that this tactic is safe or effective.
A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students.
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Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.
A lab technician prepares a prescription at a pharmacy in Quebec City on March 8, 2020.
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This is a pivotal time for policymakers to be vigilant about drug shortages and to ensure that Canadians have reliable access to safe drugs.
Over 2,000 drugs are approved by the FDA for human use.
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The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.
A simple head-to-head trial would resolve this conflict once and for all.
A member of the coronavirus family that infects chickens.
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Do mutations that alter the addition of sugars to the coat of the virus affect the severity of the disease?
Testing in cells is an important and exciting first step.
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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before.
A nurse puts on personal protective equipment before entering a patient’s room in a COVID-19 intensive care unit.
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In Ontario, the task of deciding which treatments to use for COVID-19 patients falls to two committees that weigh the evidence and choose which drugs to use, and how to manage critical illness.