Do not use malaria drug, warns medicines regulator

25 Mar 2020

There are no approved drugs to prevent or treat Covid-19, which is caused by the SARSCov-2 corona virus. But media reports of chloroquine being investigated as a potential therapy for the respiratory disease, along

with widely reported comments by US President Donald Trump inaccurately describing it as showing “very encouraging results”, have fuelled consumer interest around the globe, reported Business Day (25 March 2020).

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said it had asked pharmacies to step up their management of products containing chloroquine to help curb stockpiling and ensure the drug remained available for patients who needed it.