A group of Panamanian doctors promoted the early use of hydroxychloroquine, a cheap drug that is bought between 40 and 50 hundredths and in doses of 400 milligrams for seven to ten days.
In a forum organized by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama , Dr. Ramiro Da Silva, specialist in Internal Medicine; the pulmonologist Marcos López; the infectologist Darío Flores; the ophthalmologist Ernesto Calvo; cardiologists Alfredo Marchena and Gabriel Frago and general practitioner Efrain Brandao, under the moderation of infectologist José Luis Moreno, defended hydroxychloroquine as a safe drug.
Ramiro Da Silva highlighted the need to attack the coronavirus early , because on the fifth day it is already the peak of the viral load. He questioned that the result of swabs in the public sector takes up to 7 days and in the private clinic it is known in the afternoon and the patient is attacked with hydroxychloroquine., which avoids complications and thus the hospitals are filled and reduces mortality.
Da Silva goes further and suggests that as soon as the swab is done, hydroxychloroquine is indicated to the suspect and his relatives if negative are suspended and if positive is maintained for up to 7 to 10 days.
The specialist explained that in Peru and Costa Rica, when this drug was stopped, the number of deaths increased and when it was resumed, it decreased. The same situation is beginning to be noticed in Panama.
Marcos López said that hydroxychloroquine is indicated in the early stage of early diagnosis of the coronavirus that generally manifests itself with fevers and muscle aches or the so-called bone breaker.
He explained that when hydroxychloroquine was used in Paitilla there were no patients in intensive care, when it is eliminated they begin to increase and multiplied by 10. Now that it is used they go down again. Two weeks ago there were 14 patients in wards, today there are 8. There were 12 in intensive care, now there is only three.
The pulmonologist also warned those in charge of public hospitals to maintain oxygen lines on all floors and not tanks, You have to have oxygen, oxygen, oxygen, López repeated.
Dario Flores also said that there is safety in the use of hydroxychloroquine and the drug prevents the second stage of inflammatory processes and from reaching a cytokine storm.
Cardiologist Alfredo Marchena explained that hydroxychloroquine has been used for 70 years and is a safe drug and well tolerated.
Ernesto Calvo said that in 30 years he has not seen a patient to whom hydroxychloroquine has caused blindness and in any case that would be for a dose of 700 grams which would be the equivalent of 5 years of medication.