US President Donald Trump says anti-malaria drug could be coronavirus 'game changer' | ABC News

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President Donald Trump said he has asked the FDA to investigate whether certain therapeutic drugs currently used for other purposes might hold potential to treat those suffering with COVID-19.

Speaking at a White House briefing on the spread of the virus, Mr Trump said medical professionals believe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine could be a treatment for the coronavirus.

Chloroquine is widely available now and could be used off-label, but officials want a formal study to get good information on safety and effectiveness.

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