Should the antibiotic azithromycin be used to treat COVID-19?

Bottom Line:

There is currently not enough evidence to support the use of azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19.

Reference:

Gbinigie, K. et al. Should azithromycin be used to treat COVID-19? A rapid review BJGP Open (2020). DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101094

Date Published:

12 May 2020

Synopsis:

The researchers sought to summarize current scientific knowledge regarding the use of azithromycin, an antibiotic, for the treatment of COVID-19. Three studies assessing the efficacy of azithromycin were selected to be analyzed. These different papers published inconsistent evidence in regards to the outcomes of patients using this drug. The utility of this antibiotic in the treatment of COVID-19 remains elusive, and the researchers emphasize the need for clinical trials with azithromycin.

Summary by: Jackie Tsang