Trump has to stop playing doctor and let the experts do the talking. The President’s advice is getting people killed. His "Gift from God" to you.
President Trump has called Hydroxychloroquine; an anti-malarial drug dubbed a “gift from God” because he believes a gut opinion that it has the potential ability to fight the new coronavirus. His belief is based on a French study found that the drug to be highly effective at fighting the infection, especially when taken in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin.
The President’s endorsement of Hydroxychloroquine triggered a heightened global interest in the drug, and a related compound called Chloroquine, which has been used for decades to treat malaria, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Some people have tried the drug and have died.
A man in Arizona died this week after he ingested a non-medical form of Chloroquine used to fight parasites in aquariums.
His wife, who also took the substance, became gravely ill and was hospitalized after the couple heard Trump boast about the benefits of the medicine and decided to try it.
Meanwhile, a recently published study of the drug was found to be no more effective than standard treatment in small Chinese study results published in the Journal of Zhejiang University.
The study looked at 30 COVID-19 patients, half of whom received the medicine. After seven days, 13 of the patients who were on the drug tested negative for coronavirus compared to 14 people who weren’t on it.
One of the patients on the “gift from God” went on to develop severe illness, while the median time taken for the individuals to recover was similar in both groups. The sample size is considered too small to be statistically significant, but it’s another indication Trump’s “gift from God’ is just another reckless gamble with American lives.
President Donald Trump keeps bragging that last week his administration was working with pharmaceutical companies to expand access to the medicines so that more doctors can prescribe them “off label” — meaning not for their original intended use.
Trump’s bragging calling these drugs could be a “gift from God” and a “game-changer,” even while many scientists have cautioned against overhyping unproven medicines before large scale clinical trials are carried out.
Such experiments are considered the gold standard in the field, last months or years, and involve thousands of patients, often from around the world.
Patients are assigned at random to either receive the drug under investigation or a placebo, and the studies are “blinded,” meaning the participants and their doctors are unaware which group they are in, to reduce bias further.