UAlbany, health department study finds issues with drugs hoped to help treat coronavirus

Benita Zahn
Created: May 12, 2020 06:33 PM

Another failing grade for what was hoped to be an effective treatment for coronavirus.

UAlbany and the New York State Health Department reviewed hospital records of more than 1,400 coronavirus patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.


Not only was there no improvement in their health - they were at an increased risk for cardiac arrest.

This is the largest study to date looking at the use of these drugs and how patients fared.

All the patients were admitted between March 15 and 28 to 25 hospitals in the greater New York area.

"One of the things we found was they tended to prescribe the drugs more for patients who were more ill upon admission. So the sicker you were, the more likely you were to get these drugs," said Dean Holtgrave, Dean of the School of Public Health, University at Albany.
Holtgrave says even when you factor out degree of illness, the patients getting these drugs had a higher rate of cardiac arrest than those not treated with them - and the overall death rate among treated or non-treated was about the same.

The study is published in the current issue of the journal of the American Medical Association.

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