Covid-19 patients in Australia respond ‘well’ to anti-malaria drug, Chloroquine-Scientist
London, March 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A team of Australian researchers say they’ve found a cure for the novel coronavirus and hope to have patients enrolled in a nationwide trial by the end of the month.
University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told
He told Australian news site news.com.au that ‘It’s a potentially effective treatment.
‘Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of the therapy.’
This signals a potential treatment for the coronavirus, according to these scientists in Australia.
Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and HIV-suppressing combination lopinavir/ritonavir are the drugs the scientists mentioned.
These two drugs reportedly showed promising results in human tests and made the virus ‘disappear’ in infected patients.
The drugs are now being tested as researchers and doctors around the world race to find a vaccine, cure or treatment for the deadly virus.
One of the two medications is a HIV drug, which has been superseded by “newer generation” HIV drugs, and the other is an anti-malaria drug called chloroquine which is rarely used and “kept on the shelf now” due to resistance to malaria.
He said the researchers want to study them in a “very meaningful way” against the coronavirus to “try and alleviate that anxiety of Australians”.
“There have already been patients treated with these in Australia and there’s been successful outcomes but it hasn’t been done in a controlled or a comparative way,” Prof Paterson said.
The drugs would be given orally, as tablets.
Prof Paterson said patients would be asked to participate “as soon as they’re admitted” to hospital with the aim of beginning treatment “very early on in their illness”.
He said the research was sparked by Chinese patients, who were first given the drug in Australia, showing their doctors information on the internet about the treatment used overseas.
“Our doctors were very, very surprised that a HIV drug could actually work against the novel coronavirus and there was a bit of scepticism,” he said.
“That first wave of Chinese patients we had (in Australia), they all did very, very well when they were treated with the HIV drug.
“That’s reassuring … that we’re onto something really good here.”