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.