March 23, 2020 / Modern Healthcare
Healthcare providers are warning their communities not to self-medicate in an attempt to prevent or treat coronavirus, after a man died after ingesting an inappropriate household product.
The man and his wife were admitted to a Banner Health hospital after ingesting chloroquine phosphate, which is typically used to clean fish tanks. The wife is in critical condition.
Chloroquine is an antimalarial drug that the Trump administration suggested may be able to treat coronavirus. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved it for that purpose.