Arizona Man Dies After Self-Treating Coronavirus with Chloroquine Phosphate, Says Hospital

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The Arizona man is not the first to go wrong in attempting to self-medicate with the substance, with a number of reports out of Nigeria stating that hospitals had seen a series of chloroquine overdoses following President Trump's first mention that it could be used to combat Covid-19.

The wife told NBC they were anxious about contracting the coronavirus, and watched the president tout chloroquine as a possible cure for Covid-19 (even though it hasn't been tested yet).

The couple, who officials at Banner Health, a hospital system based in Phoenix, said were in their 60s and were from Maricopa County, quickly experienced side effects that included nausea and vomiting.

When asked what she'd like the American public to learn from her experience, the woman told NBC News, "Be careful and call your doctor".

There are at least 46,548 confirmed cases of the virus throughout the U.S., with at least 592 deaths. "My husband started developing respiratory problems". However, within minutes they both started feeling ill and called 911.

When the husband was taken to the hospital he was pronounced dead a short time later.

What they consumed was reportedly not the malaria medication form of chloroquine, but an ingredient listed on a parasite treatment for fish, according to NBC News.

Right after that press briefing, the FDA issued a statement clarifying that although the drugs are under investigation for treating COVID-19, they should not be used for that goal until they've been thoroughly tested in clinical trials.

NY state officials are expected to begin trials with the medication on Tuesday, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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"We're going to be able to make that drug available nearly immediately", he said last week at a White House coronavirus press briefing.

"Given the uncertainty around Covid-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus", Dr. Daniel Brooks, medical director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center, said in the statement. "They've gone through the approval process - it's been approved", he said, reports BBC News.

"I... have said I'm not disagreeing with the fact anecdotally they might work, but my job is to prove definitively from a scientific standpoint that they do work", he said.

When asked if the drug was promising on Friday, Fauci said "the answer is no", describing it as "anecdotal evidence", according to ABC News.

President Donald Trump used Monday evening's White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing to promote an unproven treatment for the coronavirus.

They added that the use of specific treatments, including those labeled as "anti-COVID-19" is not recommended for non-hospitalized patients - like chloroquine.

'The hydroxychloroquine and the Z-Pak, I think as a combination probably is looking very, very good, ' he said.

"Please DO NOT engage in self-medication". The former has led to at least 194 deaths in Iran due to poisoning.

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