The FDA states on its website it has not approved any drugs specifically for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Early trials are under way to find out if variants of chloroquine could be useful as a Covid-19 medicine.
In a statement to media, hospital system Banner Health wrote that the couple, who are in their 60s, ingested the drug and within half an hour "experienced immediate effects requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital".
Bonnie Lieberman, 46 (left and right), from Sunnyvale, California, has lupus and has been taking a drug named Plaquenil to treat it.
Brooks said the couple had read about chloroquine phosphate on the internet, which he said was cluttered with a lot of misinformation about treatments for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
A person posted to a Facebook group for pharmacists, saying that they received prescriptions for one of the drugs for themselves and their family, the report said. "Dosing is critical, both for therapeutic effect and potentially risky side effects". The FDA later clarified: "There are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent Covid-19". He said the public should rely on authoritative sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and state health officials for medical advice - not the internet or politicians.
So far, the first trial of HIV drugs - which have been used on coronavirus patients in Singapore and elsewhere - has shown disappointing results. The two actually took a treatment for parasite infestations in aquariums which listed chloroquine phosphate as an ingredient and was only in their residence because they had once owned koi. Fatal overdoses have also been recently documented in African country of Nigeria.
Several makers of the generic medicines said they are increasing production of chloroquine pills. "At this point in time, there is no known cure for COVID-19 and we must not withhold these drugs from those who need them", Sisolak said in a statement. Louisiana on Sunday also issued an emergency rule limiting when the drugs can be prescribed, citing "inappropriate use" and "hoarding".
"From this tragic occurrence in the U.S. it is clear that people will do foolish things in the belief that they are helping themselves".
"Trying to use a product intended for household use as a medicine is always risky and as seen here, can have awful consequences".
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