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EU drugs agency says no evidence ibuprofen worsens COVID-19

March 18 (Reuters) - The European Union's healthcare regulator on Wednesday said there currently is no evidence which links anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen with the worsening of COVID-19.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/ema-gives-advice-use-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatories-covid-19 it was monitoring the situation and said patients and healthcare professionals should consider all treatment options including paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat fever or pain in patients with COVID-19.

The EMA's announcement follows a similar tone on Monday from Nurofen producer Reckitt Benckiser to check reports that said the pills' active ingredient ibuprofen would hurt patients. (Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)