Man Dies, His Wife in Critical Care After the Two took Chloroquine Phosphate to Self-medicate for the Novel Coronavirus

Bako, John Chukwudi

A Phoenix-area man is dead, and his wife is under critical care after the two took chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus, according to hospital system Banner Health.

Chloroquine has been publicized by President Donald Trump as a possible medication for Covid-19, but it’s also “an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks,” Banner Health said in a statement.

Chloroquine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. There is clinical trial currently going around the world which will possibly leads to the approval of the drug for the treatment of coronavirus.

Banner Health experts emphasized that the medication — as well as other “inappropriate medications and household products” — “should not be ingested to treat or prevent this virus.”

Banner Health, which is based in Arizona, didn’t give any details on how the couple, both in their 60s, acquired the chloroquine or which Banner hospital treated them.

However, according to the statement, “within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital.”