According to reports from an Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, doctors in Rome and the wider regions of Lazio have began to prescribe combinations of Chloroquine to patients suffering Coronavirus Infection.
The Region of Rome and Lazio have a combined population of 6 million people and a high rate of the Coronavirus Infection.
Dr. Pier Luigi Bartoletti, Deputy National Secretary of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners told the newspaper that everyone in both regions with early symptoms of the virus, including cough and fever is being treated with the anti-malaria drug.
Dr. Bartoletti said further that Chloroquine usage was steadily giving good results.
Speaking on the efficacy of Chloroquine as an effective treatment of the Coronavirus, a French Professor of Infectious Diseases, Christian Perronne told a French weekly magazine that time was being wasted in the application of Chloroquine to patients suffering from the virus.
He said the clinical trials being undertaken by the UK for example was not ethical and the results take too long to observe compared with the raging and galloping viral infection rates across the globe.
“I refused to participate because this study provides for a group of severely ill patients who will only be treated symptomatically and will serve as control witnesses against four other groups who will receive antivirals. It is not ethically acceptable to me.
He noted that while the United States is looking to start another round of clinical trials to study the effects of the anti-malaria drug on Coronavirus, the Italians have charted their own course in the usage of the drug for thousands of infected people.
The Prof. Continues:
3. It is well tolerated in long-term treatment. Personally, I have successfully used it clinically in the chronic form of Lyme disease for 30 years at a dose of 200 mg or even 400 mg/day.
It would therefore be wise to produce hydroxychloroquine in very large quantities without further delay, to make it easily accessible to infected people…