Govt bans export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine


New Delhi: In a significant move, India has banned export of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-Malaria drug which is believed to work as a medicine for treating Coronavirus infected patients as well.

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, “the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations made from hydroxychloroquine is prohibited with immediate effect”.

However, exports from special economic zones and in cases where a prior obligation is to be honoured or to fulfil humanitarian efforts recommended by the government will be allowed, the ministry added.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava had on Monday recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating healthcare workers handling suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases and also the asymptomatic household contacts of the lab-confirmed cases.

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