New drug cocktail could have results in treating coronavirus

Drug combination involves lupus medicine and antibiotic
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A drug cocktail which combines two drugs used to treat two apparently different ailments is being considered for testing in the U.S. against coronavirus. 

WWL-TV spoke with Dr. Meredith Clement, an LSU infectious disease expert, says the drug hydroxychloroquine is being used in patients suspected of having and having been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Unpublished studies overseas are combining hydroxychloroquine, used for treating lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and the antibiotic azithromycin are being tested. 

Clement tells the station the two drugs are considered mostly safe. 

But there are concerns over side effects and overdose fatalities.