Survey of Indian doctors not finding a significant effect of HCQ prophylaxis.Although the 22% fewer cases is not statistically significant, it is consistent with the significant 30% fewer cases [22‑38%] from meta analysis of the 73 cases results to date.
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No Role of HCQ in COVID-19 Prophylaxis: A Survey amongst Indian Doctors
Debasis Datta 1, Samit Ghosal2*, Binayak Sinha3, Sujata Datta4,Twisha Chakraborty5, Kalyan Kumar Gangopadhyay6,
Arup Ratan Dutta7
Department of Gastroenterology, Fortis Hospitals, Kolkata, India; 2Department of Endocrinology, Nightingale Hospital, Kolkata, India;3Department
of Diabetes and Endocrinology, AMRI Hospitals, Kolkata, India;4Department of Gynecology, Peerless Hospitals, Kolkata, India;5 Department of
Gastroenterology, Fortis Hospitals Kolkata, India;6 Department of Endocrinology, Peerless Hospitals, Kolkata, India;7Department of Nephrology,
Fortis Hospitals, Kolkata, India
The COVID-19 pandemic is being tackled on two fronts-prevention and treatment. In addition to behavioural
strategies and vaccines (eagerly awaited), pharmacotherapy is also being employed in certain regions as a preventive
strategy. In India, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), ivermectin, a variety of vitamin supplements are being used, with
HCQ being the most popular among healthcare professionals. In addition to the evidence-based recommendations,
it is important to ascertain the situation on the ground. We conducted a multicentric survey among physicians from
a wide range of specialities to ascertain the usage on HCQ and its effects of COVID-19 prevention. We did not find
any significant impact of HCQ on the prevention of COVID-19 (p=0.54) independent of the duration of its usage.
This pilot project has the potential to act as a backbone for a larger study exploring the impact of pharmacological
intervention on COVID-19 prevention.
Keywords: COVID-19; Survey; Physicians; HCQ
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