Skip to comments.French researcher posts successful Covid-19 drug trial that stops virus on 24 patients; US scientific researchers, replicate test with similar results
Posted on 03/18/2020 8:06:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The trial was completed by Professor Didier Raoult, based at infectious diseases institute, IHU Méditerranée Infection in Marseille
A renowned research professor in France has reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19, with early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days.
Professor Didier Raoult from infection hospital l'Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), published a video explaining the trials on Monday March 16.
Professor Raoult is an infectious diseases specialist and head of the IHU Méditerranée Infection, who has been tasked by - and consulted by - the French government to research possible treatments of Covid-19.
He said that the first Covid-19 patients he had treated with the drug chloroquine had seen a rapid and effective speeding up of their healing process, and a sharp decrease in the amount of time they remained contagious.
Chloroquine - which is normally used mainly to prevent and treat malaria - was administered via the named drug, Plaquenil.
The treatment was offered to 24 patients, who were among the first to become infected in the south east of France, and who had voluntarily admitted themselves to hospital for the process.
Patients were given 600mcg per day for 10 days. They were closely monitored, as the drug can interact with other medication, and cause severe side effects in some cases.
Professor Raoult said: We included everyone who was in agreement [to be treated], which was almost everyone. Two towns in the protocol, Nice and Avignon, gave us [infected] patients who had not yet received treatment.
We were able to ascertain that patients who had not received Plaquenil (the drug containing hydroxychloroquine) were still contagious after six days, but of those that had received Plaquenil, after six days, only 25% were still contagious.
Chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine have previously been used to treat coronavirus patients in China, in ongoing Covid-19 clinical trials.
Kaletra, a US-based antiviral drug normally used to treat HIV, is another medicine that is being tested in the fight against Covid-19.
A new academic study, published on Friday March 13 by US scientific researchers, also said that chloroquine appeared to be an effective treatment, and appears to align with the findings in France.
It said: Use of chloroquine (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus including faster time to recovery and shorter hospital stay
Research shows that chloroquine also has strong potential as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against coronavirus in the lab, while we wait for a vaccine to be developed.
Chloroquine is an inexpensive, globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoimmune and various other conditions [it] can be prescribed to adults and children of all ages.
"It can also be safely taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers [and] has been widely used to treat human diseases, such as malaria, amoebiosis, HIV, and autoimmune diseases, without significant detrimental side effects.
Researchers worldwide are continuing to work on developing a vaccine against Covid-19.
So far, no country - nor the World Health Organisation (WHO) - has officially published treatment measures against Covid-19, but in China and South Korea, guidelines already outline the use of chloroquine as an effective treatment, the study report said.
they just may be out of stock if they are using it in hospitals.
Remember docs and nurses first. and their families.
I’m going to be saved by drinking Gin and Tonic
LOL, saved by the G and T!!
I actually mix it with wine because I don’t drink liquor. It makes me break out in handcuffs. Fever Tree here I come
It makes me break out in handcuffs.
thanks for that. you are a joy!
These drugs are available everywhere.
They aren’t new ones.
Could also be the warmer weather conditions...
One thing the French have always been good at is disease research.
Definitely. That beeyotch that was scolding about calling it a Chinese coronavirus made steam come out of my ears.
The military certainly has large stocks, as they potentially need to send 100's of 1000's of troops into malarial zones. One of the recent "emergency declarations" gives the President the authority to release those stocks for civilian use.
It also means that there are production lines already available that can be ramped up to produce more.
I know, but where they are manufactured is important.
RE: I know, but where they are manufactured is important.
The important thing is we DO have the ability to manufacture them here. The more important issue is our drug supply chain, WE CANNOT BE DEPENDENT ON ONE COUNTRY ( e.g. China ).
I absolutely and utterly agree
hosptial beds (MBAs closed hosptials and slashed beds and made production/income per bed a watchword. Prior to that the extra 10 to 30% capacity was part of civil defence)
Caches of food and Shelters
No more just in time inventory. Stop penalizing companies for having an inventory on hand.
Distributed manufacturing with important items made wholly in the US from if possible US sourced ingredients. If that is not possible, cache one to two years of outside sourced ingredients.
I hate it when that happens.
Someone in another thread alluded to a map showing low rates of CV in malaria-prone areas. But yes, your supposition seems quite likely.
See post #14.
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