Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
[Accessed 25 July 2020]
COVID-19 therapeutics: how to sow confusion and break public trust during international public health emergencies
Since SARS-CoV2 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, those tasked with the stewardship of public health at a global, regional, and local level—policymakers, politicians, scientists, drug regulators, health officials, professional associations, journal editors, publishers, and clinicians—have displayed rushed decisions and lapses in judgment in their handling of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as potential COVID-19 therapeutics and prophylactics. These lapses merit noting as they hold lessons for how the guardians of medicines regulation and public health can inadvertently sow confusion and damage public trust.
Authors: Jerome Amir Singh and Rafaella Ravinetto
Content type: Commentary
24 July 2020