Last week almost immediately after President Donald Trump had suggested that hydroxychloroquine could be effective against the coronavirus and could be a game changer,’ the media pounced.
Led by NBC News’ Peter Alexander the fake news media accused the president of having the audacity to give American’s “false hope” of a drug that may help them in their battle against COVID-19.
On Sunday, the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine, a drug already used to treat malaria and other ailments, which has shown anecdotal efficacy against coronavirus.
The use of the drug — often paired with azithromycin — has not yet been proven in clinical trials to be effective against the disease.
However, given reported success in a growing number of small, non-randomized studies; as well as testimonials from doctors and patients about the use of the “off-label” drug regimen, doctors are said to be prescribing the treatment to patients who are severely ill. Anecdotally, many doctors are taking it prophylactically.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a statement on Sunday:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to BARDA to allow hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate products donated to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible.
HHS also noted that it had “accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate donated by Sandoz, the Novartis generics and biosimilars division, and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for possible use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or for use in clinical trials.”
Earlier, the French government had approved similar drugs to treat the virus.
Of course, The Media Pounces On The FDA Giving The Green Light To Hydroxychloroquine
Politico’s Dan Diamond reported Sunday that the FDA decision came despite “scant evidence,” adding that “[c]areer scientists have been skeptical of the effort.”
And CNN was johnny on the spot to tamp down any excitement.
A doctor has treated 669 patients with this and has 100% success rate! Stop downplaying the success!!
— Blessed Gammy (@MamaBling) March 30, 2020