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Current Drug Safety


ISSN (Print): 1574-8863
ISSN (Online): 2212-3911


Self-medication during the Era of COVID-19; Potential Implications for Drug Policy Makers and Pharmacovigilance

Author(s): Tauqeer Hussain Mallhi*, Yusra Habib Khan, Muhammad Hammad Butt and Muhammad Salman

Volume 18, Issue 2, 2023

Published on: 30 June, 2022

Page: [122 - 124] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/1574886317666220428133813


The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is marked by infodemic amid conspiracy theories, false claims, rumors, and misleading narratives, which have had a significant impact on the global campaign against COVID-19. The drug repurposing provides a hope to curb the growing encumbrance of the disease but at the same time, it poses various challenges such as selfmedication using repurposed drugs and its associated harms. During the continuing pandemic, this perspective piece explores the potential hazards of self-medication and its attributing factors along with possible countermeasures.

Keywords: COVID-19, drug repurposing, self-medication, adverse effects, conspiracy theories, safety profile.

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