HCQ should be taken with food to avoid side effects: ICMR on row over anti-malarial drug

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Speaking on the Lancet study which says Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) raises chances of death and irregular heart rhythm, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Director General, Dr Balram Bhargava, on May 26 said it had clearly said in its May 18 advisory to consume HCQ with food to avoid side effects such as nausea and palpitation. He also said, “Lot of drugs are being repurposed for COVID-19...Taking biological plausibility, in-vitro data and safety of this drug (HCQ), we recommend it under strict medical supervision...Based on risk benefit we found that possibly we should not deny our health workers from using it.” Earlier, ICMR advised expansion of HCQ usage as a preventive drug for healthcare workers.