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Source: US Medical News  May 19, 2020  12 days ago
US Medical News: President Trump Says He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine As A Prophylaxis For COVID-19!
US Medical News: President Trump Says He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine As A Prophylaxis For COVID-19!
Source: US Medical News  May 19, 2020  12 days ago
US Medical News: In  a shocking development, President Donald Trump claimed on Monday he is taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug he had been promoting as a potential COVID-19 cure even as medical professionals and the US FDA question its efficacy and warn of potentially harmful ad even fatal  side effects.


 
At a meeting of restaurant executives, Trump said he began taking the antimalarial drug after consulting the White House doctor, though stopped short of saying his physician had actually recommended the drug.
 
He said, "A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it.” He later said he'd been taking it every day for a week and a half.
 
The new public admission was a dramatic development in Trump's attempts to promote hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for CVID-19 , which began earlier in the outbreak and has been met with resistance from medical professionals.
 
As the drug is prescribed to treat malaria and other conditions, Trump has cast it as safe and suggested coronavirus patients have little to lose by trying it.
 
One study has shown the drug does not work against Covid-19 and could cause heart problems. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766117
 
The research  was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It follows a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that also showed the drug doesn't fight the virus. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2012410
 
Prior to these reports were published, the US  FDA and the National Institutes of Health issued warnings about using the drug for coronavirus patients.
Trump said he hadn't been exposed, and that he started taking the drug because he had heard from frontline responders who sent him letters saying they were taking it preventatively.
 
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Trump said, "Here's my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it."
Asked if the White House doctor recommended he begin taking hydroxychloroquine, Trump demurred. "I asked him what do you think, he said, 'Well if you'd like it,' " the President told reporters.
 
The white house physician, Navy Cmdr Dr Sean Conley, alluded in a memo released Monday night to Trump's personal valet testing positive two weeks ago for coronavirus. While Conley didn't say directly that Trump started taking hydroxychloroquine in response to the valet testing positive, the timing mentioned by Trump and the positive test match up.
 
Dr Conley said, "After numerous discussions, he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.
 
He added that Trump has taken multiple tests for coronavirus, all negative and remains symptom free.
 
Trump admitted he doesn't know if the drug works and he claimed "if it doesn't, you're not going to get sick and die."
 
The US FDA has warned against the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat the novel coronavirus and said they should only be used in hospitals or clinical trials because they can kill or cause serious side effects. These include serious heart rhythm problems in Covid-19 patients treated with the drugs, especially when they are combined with the antibiotic azithromycin or other medications that can affect the heart.
 
President Trump has a common form of heart disease, based on the results of his physical.
 
During interview on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the unproven nature of the drug and its questioned effectiveness in treating Covid-19 worried her.
 
Pelosi said, "As far as the President is concerned, he's our President and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, that is ... morbidly obese, they say. So I think it's not a good idea."
 
However it should be noted that Trump does not qualify as morbidly obese based on the results of his physical.
 
The drug, hydroxychloroquine is used to treat or prevent malaria and to treat autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
 
President Trump began promoting it two months ago as coronavirus began spreading to every part of the country, setting in motion stay-at-home orders and shutting down the economy. He was encouraged by certain allies in conservative media, who also hailed the drug as a potential solution to the growing crisis.
 
However even some of Trump's closest medical advisers expressed caution, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who voiced skepticism about touting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus before it could be adequately tested.
 
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