Randomised Study is the considered as the gold standard for trials.
Placebos are dummy pills . Placebos are inactive drugs that look like the real drug but are essentially sugar coated dummy pills.
Trials which involve a placebo vs active drug comparison are considered one of the best trials for some clinical situations.
A “randomised trial” involving “Chloroquine ” and “placebo ” has been published in NEJM .
A randomised trial suggests Chloroquine is not better than a placebo in treatment of COVID.
Another randomised trial suggests, Hydroxycloroquine is not useful for prevention of COVID-19.
Please Note : Chloroquine and HydroxyChloroquine are different drugs but have broadly similar effects.
1. Guardian newspaper: Coronavirus outbreak. Hydroxychloroquine no better than placebo, Covid-19 study finds.
2. NEJM. https://www.nejm.org/
3. BMJ India Correspondent. Covid-19: Doctors criticise Indian research agency for recommending hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis. BMJ2020;369:m2170. doi:10.1136/bmj.m2170 pmid:32471832.
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