MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. The Russian Health Ministry has removed hydroxychloroquine from the list of possible drugs used to treat COVID-19 in its 11th edition of treatment recommendations, adding human immunoglobulin to the list instead, the ministry’s press service informed.
"For patients receiving hospital treatment, the use of human immunoglobulin against COVID-19 is recommended as a component of any of the antiviral therapy programs. <…> Hydroxychloroquine has been removed from the list of drugs that can be prescribed to treat COVID-19," the message says.
The list of possible medicines that can be used to treat COVID-19 in Russia includes: Favipiravir, Remdesivir, human immunoglobulin against COVID-19, Interferon alfa and Umifenovir. The recommendations point out that the use of glucocorticoids in powdered form for inhalations is possible among adults within preemptive anti-inflammatory therapy.
The ministry also included two additional Russian COVID-19 vaccines, CoviVac and Sputnik Light, in the section dedicated to coronavirus prevention.