WHO has stopped testing the drugs hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir / ritonavir for the treatment of COVID-19
The World Health Organization has officially stopped testing the drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, as well as hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. This is stated in the WHO statement.
Preliminary tests have shown that these drugs do not reduce or practically do not reduce mortality among patients with coronavirus. The decision to suspend the tests concerns only the Solidarity study conducted by WHO since March. The effectiveness in the treatment of coronavirus was shown only by the antiviral drug remdesevir.
Lopinavir and ritonavir are drugs for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial agent. WHO announced the suspension of testing of the latter as a treatment for coronavirus in June. US President Donald Trump spoke about its use against infection at the end of March, and the country began testing it to combat coronavirus. The drug was also included in the list of recommendations for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19, compiled by the Russian Ministry of Health.