Canada issued a warning against using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine without physician supervision.

“Health Canada is concerned that some people may be directly buying and using chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19,” the country’s health department said.

In its late Saturday alert, Health Canada emphasized that no drugs have been authorized for the prevention, treatment or cure of Covid-19. The drugs are typically prescribed for the treatment of malaria and some autoimmune diseases like lupus.

The notice comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a similar warning after reports of deaths and poisonings. On the same day, a research report revealed a study testing the drug as a potential coronavirus treatment was cut short, citing a high risk of death

Source: CNBC

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