Hydroxychloroquine is used as a treatment for malaria, lupus and arthritisImage caption: Hydroxychloroquine is used as a treatment for malaria, lupus and arthritis
French Health Minister Olivier Véran has ordered a review of the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 after a study suggested that it raised mortality rates.
US President Donald Trump has promoted the anti-malarial drug and recently said he was taking it to ward off the virus.
In a tweet, Mr Véran said he’d asked the government’s health advisory committee to re-evaluate the drug’s prescription guidelines within 48 hours. He described the results of research published by The Lancet medical journal as alarming.