Study to investigate effectiveness of drug at fighting COVID-19

HCQ is originally an anti-malarial drug

A provincewide trial will investigate the effectiveness of a medication used to treat malaria in preventing hospitalization for people at the highest risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The Alberta Hope COVID-19 study will recruit 1,600 Albertans to determine whether a five-day treatment of hydroxychloroquine can help those at greatest risk of developing severe illness.

“As we’ve learned from other countries, hospital systems can become overwhelmed by those infected with the virus who need critical care,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“Our goal is to reduce the risk of severe disease experienced by individuals and reduce the burden on the health-care system by helping people recover from the effects of the virus at home.”

Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that is currently being used mostly for immunological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The Alberta government says laboratory studies suggest the drug may be helpful against COVID-19.

In recent weeks, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown his support for hydroxychloroquine, calling it a “game changer.”

In a tweet in March, Trump said taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, a common antibiotic, have a real chance of being a major medical achievement.

The clinical trial is being led by University of Calgary and University of Alberta researchers.

Alberta Health Services will obtain permission from individuals with positive COVID-19 tests to provide their contact information to the study researchers. Consenting participants will be screened for safety and eligibility.

The study has been approved by Health Canada.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deerians can start reporting less serious crimes online starting this week

RCMP launches its online crime reporting pilot program

Zero active cases in Red Deer

53 people in hospital

Parents want school back to normal in September

More than 66,000 parents respond to survey

PHOTO: A street concert is enjoyed by residents of a Red Deer neighbourhood

Residents of Anquetel Close enjoy a musical performance by Marla Torgerson

Feelings of guilt are behind America’s racial anguish

It’s been a bad week in the United States: six nights of… Continue reading

Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic athletes return to sport with help of $5 million

TORONTO — Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes will return to sport with… Continue reading

MLS players agree to concessions to return to action at Orlando tournament

TORONTO — MLS players have approved taking part in a summer tournament… Continue reading

Ricky Martin makes ‘Pausa’ to channel newly found anxiety

NEW YORK — The world paused and for the first time in… Continue reading

A superhero kid with autism shines in new PBS Kids’ series

NEW YORK — There’s a new crop of superheroes coming to our… Continue reading

SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically

Ottawa pledges millions to promote holiday travel in Canada during pandemic

Funding announced include $30 million originally earmarked for attracting foreign visitors

Most Read