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The ‘Chloroquine Brothers’ behind government-backed trials on unproven Covid drugs

Evidence shows that two major HMOs are continuing to distribute unproven coronavirus treatments to patients, often putting pressure on doctors to prescribe ineffective drugs

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While the scientific community has long dismissed any claims of efficacy in the use of chloroquine, azithromycin, and ivermectin to treat Covid-19, private health services with over 7 million clients in Brazil continue to prescribe this unproven cocktail of “early coronavirus treatment” to patients in South America’s largest country.

According to investigations from the Senate’s Covid inquiry, Hapvida — the largest HMO in Brazil’s Northeast — and elderly care firm Prevent Senior have adopted a deliberate protocol to distribute “early treatment” kits to any patient displaying Covid-19 symptoms, even before taking diagnostic tests.

Patients from both HMOs are...

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