Man dies after self-medicating with what he believes to be malaria drug in the news

Man dies after self-medicating with what he believes to be malaria drug in the news
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[Ed. – Note the quotes in the title. This was the drug currently undergoing clinical trials. The story illustrates the danger of practicing medicine without a license.]

“A man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks,” one of the anti-malaria drugs that President Trump has mentioned in recent days, according to Banner Health, the hospital system that treated both patients.

Why it matters: People who attempt to self-medicate risk serious side effects or death, and it’s why any messaging about chloroquine and the related hydroxychloroquine should emphasize that these drugs have not been approved to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

Worth noting: The malaria drug comes in tablet form, but the type the couple used was a toxic substance — not medication.

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