COVID-19: Odisha Govt issues advisory on Hydroxychloroquine use

Bhubaneswar: It seems like the increase in the number of COVID-19 positive  cases in the state has dragged people into a state of panic. Under such circumstances, the ‘Hydroxychloroquine’ drug has drawn quite some attention from the scared lot. However, how relevant is its usage?

In a bid to bust the myths surrounding COVID-19, the Odisha Health and Family Welfare (H & FW) Department has issued an advisory regarding usage of COVID-19 medicines.

Advisory for the usage of COVID-19 medicines
  • ‘Hydroxychloroquine’ is a prescription medicine
  • People, under no circumstances, should consume any medicine without proper health checkup or prescription
  • Hydroxychloroquine is prescribed only for asymptomatic healthcare workers, household contacts and laboratory confirmed cases.
  • In a combination with Azithromycin, Hydroxychloroquine is an off-label indication in patients with severe disease and who require ICU attention.
  • Anyone who’s making its illegal sale will attract legal action under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940.
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