Alleged Corruption in India as Drugs, Money, and Politics May Combine to Block Generic Early Onset COVID-19 Treatments

Alleged Corruption in India as Drugs, Money, and Politics May Combine to Block Generic Early Onset COVID-19 Treatments

Alleged political corruption can be an overused term. Whenever politics are brought up as a topic, corruption can’t be far behind. The two terms just seem to go hand in hand. Perhaps this could be more relevant when combined with drugs and money. So, it’s not surprising that a recent report in the French online platform FranceSoir, detailed an investigation into conflicts of interest during the Covid epidemic in India. Could the Indian states prohibiting ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as early-onset treatments be under the sway of the pharmaceutical industry?  

TrialSite featured FranceSoir earlier on during the pandemic. We spoke with founder Xavier Azalbert. Most recently, the critical French online media pointed to some questionable dealings in India. After first educating that public health care differs across Indian states, the critical media, unfortunately, reminds the reader that while some states led campaigns to help residents fight COVID-19, other states may have had other more insidious agendas. While the guilty are innocent until proven guilty, the facts don’t look good.   

On the positive side, some states, such as Uttar Pradesh,...

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