Russia removes hydroxychloroquine from list of drugs used to treat COVID-19

# 17:08
7 May 2021

The Russian Health Ministry has removed hydroxychloroquine from the list of possible drugs used to treat COVID-19 in its 11th edition of treatment recommendations, adding human immunoglobulin to the list instead, the ministry’s press service informed, APA reports citing TASS.

"For patients receiving hospital treatment, the use of human immunoglobulin against COVID-19 is recommended as a component of any of the antiviral therapy programs. <…> Hydroxychloroquine has been removed from the list of drugs that can be prescribed to treat COVID-19," the message says.

The list of possible medicines that can be used to treat COVID-19 in Russia includes: Favipiravir, Remdesivir, human immunoglobulin against COVID-19, Interferon alfa and Umifenovir. The recommendations point out that the use of glucocorticoids in powdered form for inhalations is possible among adults within preemptive anti-inflammatory therapy.

The ministry also included two additional Russian COVID-19 vaccines, CoviVac and Sputnik Light, in the section dedicated to coronavirus prevention.