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March 29, 2020

All About Chloroquine

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As readers may have heard, Hydroxy-chloroquine and Chloroquine Phosphate (both anti-malarial drugs) have both been widely reported as possible treatments for COVID. This stems from their anti-viral properties.

Although their efficacy in fighting COVID is far from certain (despite what Donald Trump says), their role as a reliable end of life drug is beyond dispute.

Exit first included a Chapter about Chloroquine in the Peaceful Pill eHandbook back in 2015.

The Exit RPA test gives the drug an end of life rating of 72% with a 10/10 rating for availability.

The topic will be revisited in the April 2020 update to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook.

Philip Twitter Cloroquine

However, the attention Chloroquine has received because of the COVID epidemic has had two effects:

  1. It has become impossible to source. Pharmaceutical-grade tablets of Avloclor (Chloroquine) was previously available over the counter, at least in the UK. However, Avloclor is now impossible to purchase.
  2. The flood of publicity has drawn Exit’s attention to the use (and availability) of Chloroquine as an aquarium or fish tank additive to fight disease.

In the post-COVID world (we hope one exists), the use of Chloroquine in home fish tanks will make it exceptionally easy to obtain.

Fish tank chloroquine

While it is impossible to predict what will happen with Chloroquine supplies as the COVID crisis deepens, if it is shown to be ineffective against the virus it will – presumably – return to pharmacies to be once again marketed as an antimalarial, and to pet store shelves as an effective treatment for ‘white spot’ in fish.

In the meantime, those who did not acquire this drug will have little opportunity to do so. Another end of life casualty of COVID-19!