Let French medics prescribe 'Covid cure' drug

Hydroxychloroquine is prescribed under the Plaquénil brand in France

Paris lawyers are taking court action to suspend a series of ministerial decrees banning doctors from prescribing controversial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative or treatment for Covid-19.

They insist that doctors should have freedom to use the drug if they believe it will help, and say the government should stop ‘prescribing by decree’.

The medicine, a synthetic form of quinine used for years as an anti-malaria drug, has notably been championed by Marseille infectious diseases specialist Prof Didier Raoult who claims success with using it as a cure at early stages. U.S. President Donald Tump meanwhile has said he is taking the drug as a preventative measure against Covid-19 with a prescription ...

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