Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is an antimalarial drug. It is a one form of chloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat Malaria. Apart from this, it is also used to cure rheumatoid arthritis. It increases the immunity of the body. Hydroxychloroquine was discovered in 1934.
Why India is in discussion throughout the world ?
The countries including America, Brazil and many more are depended on India for now. According to one new report of Forbes magazine, it is in belief that 70% of the world’s consumption of HCQ tablets is only produced by India. India is a big supplier of this medicine.
India’s capacity in the production of HCQ tablets
According to central government news, India can produce 20 to 30 crores tablets in a month, during this lockdown. It is only a 50% of our strength that’s because of lock-down and lacking of manpower. IPCA Laboratories and Cadila Healthcare (Zydus Cadila) are the two big companies in India which produces 80% of the HCQ tablets of the gross production of tablets in India. Recently to supply in different countries Indian government gave an order to produce 10 crore tablets to these two leading companies.
Is this tablet is useful to defeat Covid-19 ?
No. It hasn’t proved yet that it can work 100% against corona virus. But different studies and research tells that this medicine can decrease the effect of viruses, but can’t kill them completely. The countries like America, Australia, Spain and England are doing research and clinical trials on that. After seeing the good effect of this medicine two big experiments are going on in the world. First one is solidarity trial of WHO and second one is Chloroquine accelerator trial, which is run by the foundations like Welcome trust and Bill & Melinda gates foundation. And apart from this Donald Trump, president of USA, also told many times that medicine is effective in the treatment of Covid-19 disease.
Is this medicine is safe to take ?
No. Many minor side effects have been seen like heart block, anxiety, vomiting and diarrhea etc. Many researchers are doing research on this medicine just to know the how it works against corona virus. But many countries are not using this after seeing some side effects.
Why whole world is demanding for HCQ ?
Because many researchers and scientists found that this is the only medicine which is being seen as a helpful in treatment of Covid-19. And patients are recovering, hence this medicine came under the high demand.
Hydroxychloroquine as a tablet :
It modifies the immune system. Mainly it is used in rheumatoid arthritis, which is an immune disease. So, now Covid-19, it is also related with the immune so it may be beneficial. It is not proved, but it was chosen over symptoms. It is taken with one medicine in combination which is known as Azithromycin.
India as a supplier of this :
- America recently asked India for 48 lakh tablets.
- India’s has delivered this medicine to 13 countries already.
- Still India has 3.38 crore tablets, which is more than three times of our need.
- India can produce 30 crores tablets per month.