ISLAMABAD: Drug regulatory authorities Pakistan (DRAP) have warned citizens that chloroquine use has been received by several people as a potential precautionary treatment for COVD-19. And can also cause a heart attack.
Be aware that preventive treatment is done to prevent any disease.
Dr. Asim Rauf, chief executive officer of DREP, said: “It is regrettable that people have started using the drug without the advice of medical experts. We want to warn them that the drug has dangerous side effects. Which is why we decided to add it to the list of medicines that are sold on a prescription. ‘
Medical stores, like controlled drugs, must keep a copy of the prescription for the sale of chloroquine, he said.
“We have begun to take stock of the drug, and according to our records there are 25 million pills and 9,000 kilograms of raw material in the market at present,” he added.
“The stock can last up to a year, but unauthorized purchase and storage by the public can reduce the market,” he said.
Dr. Asim Rauf said that without the doctor’s instructions, the use of chloroquine could damage organ fibers, such as the liver and heart, as it is a toxic drug.
It may be recalled that at a press conference last week, US President Donald Trump claimed that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA approved the use of chloroquine for the treatment of COVD-19), he said the results of this drug are very encouraging.
The US president had said that generally, the FDA would take a long time to approve a drug, but it was approved immediately, depending on the situation.
Following Donald Trump’s statement, people around the world began using the drug as a precautionary measure.
However, the FDA issued a statement saying it had not approved the drug for the treatment of coronary disease and is currently investigating it.
Later during a press conference, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Dr. Zafar Mirza had said that the sale of chloroquine without a prescription was banned.
He said that it was an old drug used to treat malaria but suddenly it disappeared from the market, export of this drug has been banned and we have got stock all over the country. We have also contacted experts to examine whether it can be used as a cure.
The Special Assistant added that there was no evidence that it could be used as a precautionary measure.
Report on Prescription Is Mandatory For The Sale Of Chloroquine