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Letter to Editor Volume 6 Issue 6

Hydroxychloroquine or Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19 Patients

Debraj Mukhopadhyay*

Department of Public Health, School of Allied Health Sciences, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU), New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: Debraj Mukhopadhyay, Department of Public Health, School of Allied Health Sciences, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University (DPSRU), New Delhi, India.

Received: October 08, 2020; Published: May 01, 2022


  A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was spread in the world like a pandemic, in late December 2019. There were challenges for treatment interventions as well as types of medicines. Despite there is no specific therapy strategy for COVID-19, studies have identified Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Remdesivir as the most widely used medicine worldwide [1-3]. So, this letter was written to synthesize the evidence and outcomes of the medicines for COVID-19 patients.



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Citation: Debraj Mukhopadhyay. “Hydroxychloroquine or Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19 Patients". Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences 6.6 (2022): 01-03.


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