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Updated 25/3/2020.

Update from HSE in a letter 24/3/20 to doctors and pharmacists about availability of Hydroxychloroquine supplies in Republic of Ireland.

“Hydroxychloroquine has been in use since 1955 and so has a proven record of relative safety. It has a very important role in the on-going management of rheumatoid and lupus conditions of many individuals.

We want to reassure you that
we are managing stocks to ensure these individuals will continue to have access to their regular medication in the normal manner.”


Hydroxychloroquine (also known as Plaquenil) is a commonly used drug in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and also used in the treatment of Malaria.

There have been a lot of news stories identifying it as a potential treatment for Corona Virus infection. I have recorded a few short videos summarising my thoughts on this for patients under my care.

These are for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

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