9,500 deaths linked to hydroxychloroquine during the first wave of Covid

9,500 deaths linked to hydroxychloroquine during the first wave of Covid

Could Dr. Raoult’s remedy be poison? In any case, the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 is clearly debated, and this since the first wave. Promoted by disputed media personalities in the medical field, the drug was also for some time the object of the interest of Emmanuel Macron, who immediately turned his back on it. Too many reviews and negative effects, insufficient evidence …

In 2021 a study published in Nature Communications previously indicated that patients treated with hydroxychloroquine were 11% more likely to die than other patients. A French study, presented at the congress of the French Society of Pharmacology and Therapy, pushes the drug a little further: it allegedly caused about 9,500 deaths in at least eight countries during the first wave.

98 to 256 deaths in France

Using data from these eight countries (Turkey, Brazil, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and the United States), the scientists looked at the drug exposure rate of patients and their mortality rate. Furthermore, the prescription rate of the drug varies enormously from one country to another, from 6 to 97%. Thus, in France, between 6 and 16% of hospitalized patients would have been offered hydroxychloroquine treatment and 98 to 256 people would have died.

Combining their data with that of the Berlin and Stanford teams, the scientists were able to determine that approximately 5,645 deaths would be related to the drug in the United States and 9,485 in all eight countries studied. With hydroxychloroquine prescription rates plummeting after the first wave, the researchers concluded their study there. According to them, the deaths are attributable to the adverse cardiac effects of the treatment, while Covid-19 itself can weaken the heart.

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