Professor David Murdoch, dean of Otago University, Christchurch, is more guarded about the promise of hydroxychloroquine, although not dismissive. Professor Stephen Chambers, an infectious diseases physician at Otago University in Christchurch, said hydroxychloroquine was among the leading contenders for a possible cure for Covid-19. After international attention - including Trump claiming, without evidence - that it could be a "game changer" against Covid-19, Pharmac said demand for hydroxychloroquine spiked in New Zealand. "There's been a lot of interest in the use of this product for treatment of Covid-19. Pharmac has now restricted access to the drug to patients who need it for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and malaria.
Source: Otago Daily Times April 02, 2020 23:37 UTC