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Arizona man dies after taking a form of chloroquine used to treat aquariums

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Published on March 30, 2020 with No Comments

A Phoenix-area man is dead and his wife is under critical care after the two took Choloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus, according to hospital system Banner Health. It does not appear they took the pharmaceutical version of the drug, but rather “an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks,” Banner Health said in a statement. The wife is reported to have said that they learned of chloroquine’s connection to coronavirus during a U.S. President Donald Trump news conference, which “was on a lot actually.” They took it because they “were afraid of getting sick,” she said.

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