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Blockbuster: WHO Suspends all Trials of Trump-chosen hydroxychloroquine, (It Kills Patients and Cures Nothing) – Veterans Today

RT/Moscow: The World Health Organization has paused the clinical trials of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients. It says the drug, notably taken and endorsed by US President Donald Trump, has raised safety concerns.

The drug’s safety data is being reviewed by a monitoring board, and the trials have been put on hold, the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. It was being tested as part of the Solidarity international program aimed at tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UN health body took the step out of an “abundance of caution,” said Mike Ryan, the head of the organization’s emergencies program.

Ghebreyesus said a monitor will now “review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally” regarding the effects of hydroxychloroquine. The “likely side effects” of the drug seen in patients suffering from “severe” Covid-19 cases involved “cardiac complications, including development of cardiac arrhythmias,” Ryan said.The WHO move comes after a prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet, published a study on the side effects of the drug. The article found a higher mortality rate among the Covid-19 patients that had received it. This is in contrast with the earlier positive reviews of the drug, said to have observed just the opposite.

The WHO has previously advised against the widespread use of the drug in the treatment of Covid-19, arguing that it should be reserved solely for clinical trials. However, it has been actively promoted by Trump, who even took a two-week course of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the coronavirus. In his latest interview, published Sunday, Trump said he’d finished the course and “is still here.”

The US president’s statements – which rammed home the message that the cheap and decades-old drug “saves lives” – have sparked a flurry of warnings and skeptical media commentary. Some channels rushed to caution the drug might literally “kill” people, while others doubted Trump took it at all. The developments prompted the White House physician, Sean Conley, to say that the benefits of such treatment “outweighed” the risks – but he stopped short of directly confirming if the president took the course.

ALSO ON RT.COMTrump’s WARP SPEED vaccine czar oversaw an infamously BOTCHED vaccination. Wonder why a THIRD of Americans want to dodge this one?Major pharmaceutical companies have been engaged in a race to develop a vaccine against the dreaded disease, although scientists warn it is unlikely to arrive any sooner than in 12-18 months.

In mid-May, Trump announced what he called “Operation Warp Speed” – a major effort to develop a vaccine that would see the government investing in “all top vaccine candidates.” The number of those has so far been narrowed down to 14 and will be cut down further. Trump said he “would love” to see a vaccine not just developed but also manufactured and distributed by the end of the year.

In absence of vaccine, several companies have pushed their drugs as possible remedies against Covid-19. One of them is remdesivir developed by Gilead Sciences, which has been touted as a “miracle” drug against the disease, even though the results of its use against the coronavirus have been mixed at best. Remdesivir is also estimated to cost between $390 and $4,500 per dose – hundreds of times more than drugs like hydroxychloroquine, which costs less than one dollar.

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WHO SUSPENDS trials of Trump-chosen hydroxychloroquine drug over SAFETY RISKS for Covid-19 patients — RT World News

25 May, 2020 17:31

The World Health Organization has paused the clinical trials of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients. It says the drug, notably taken and endorsed by US President Donald Trump, has raised safety concerns.

The drug’s safety data is being reviewed by a monitoring board, and the trials have been put on hold, the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. It was being tested as part of the Solidarity international program aimed at tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UN heath body took the step out of “abundance of caution,” said Mike Ryan, the head of the organization’s emergencies program.

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Vladimir Zelenko, Controversial Doc in Trump’s Ear, Calls Hydroxychloroquine Study ‘Garbage’

A New York doctor, whose promotion of the experimental coronavirus treatment hydroxychloroquine purportedly reached the president’s desk, has slammed new scientific proof of the drug’s deadly side effects as “garbage.” 

Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, whose coronavirus advice is being probed by federal authorities, said he was leaving his home town of Monroe, New York, on Thursday—where he has treated the Hasidic Jewish community for 40 years—after being hounded out by local officials who “have attempted to ruin my reputation”.

“Due to public defamation of my name and reputation caused by the political leadership, the damage being done to my ability to practice medicine and effect health policy nationally and internationally is being damaged,” he told The Daily Beast on Friday.

Zelenko’s enthusiastic and vocal support for hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug being used experimentally to treat coronavirus symptoms, has catapulted him from a small-town family practitioner to a national voice in the increasingly political debate over coronavirus cures. 

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FINALLY! Amy Klobuchar Admits Miracle Drug Hydroxychloroquine Saved Her Husband’s Life (VIDEO)

Ever since President Trump praised the miracle drug hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of the China Coronavirus the media has been on a jihad against the drug.

The liberal mainstream media would rather lie about the drug and see people die than give President Trump a ‘win’ for promoting it.
That is not a stretch. That is what is happening every day on CNN, MSNBC and the liberal rags and websites.

This is despite the drug in combination with antibiotics being the choice of doctors around the world for treating the disease.

On Monday President Trump said he was now taking hydroxychloroquine and the media lost their minds. Neil Cavuto led the charge.

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This is why you CAN NEVER TRUST the liberal media, EVER!
They would rather see you die than tell the truth.
Again, that is not a stretch!

On Thursday Senator Amy Klobuchar admitted that hydroxychloroquine saved her husband’s life.

Klobuchar: “I believe he took that drug.”

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Hydroxychloroquine Research Is Hampered By Politics, Furor Over The Drug : Shots

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to prevent malaria and treat certain autoimmune conditions, is being studied to treat or prevent COVID-19.

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Hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to prevent malaria and treat certain autoimmune conditions, is being studied to treat or prevent COVID-19.

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Publicity around the drug hydroxychloroquine spiked this week when President Donald Trump revealed that he’s taking it to prevent COVID-19.

All the attention on the drug in recent months is increasingly spilling into science, and making it harder for some researchers to actually study whether the drug has potential for COVID-19.

Doctors have used hydroxychloroquine for decades to treat auto-immune conditions and to prevent malaria.

While the Food and Drug Administration has given emergency use authorization for doctors to try the treatment on COVID-19 patients, the agency has also cautioned about its possibly deadly side effects.

On Wednesday, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan echoed other leading medical experts, saying at a press briefing that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have “yet to be found effective in the treatment of COVID-19” or for preventing the disease.

Because of potential side effects, Ryan says the WHO advises the drug “be reserved” for use in the context of clinical trials, which are now underway in many places.

But for some researchers, running such trials is becoming more difficult because of the controversy around the drug.

Missed opportunity

Dr. Jon Giles didn’t expect to have any problems drumming up interest in his clinical trial testing if hydroxychloroquine can help prevent COVID-19.

“We were getting calls all the time from people who were interested,” says Giles, an epidemiologist and rheumatologist at Columbia University.

For his study, Giles planned to give a short course of the medication to people who were “household contacts” of COVID-19 patients. Like many of the ongoing trials, it would be randomized with a control group.

By the end of April, Giles was ready to start enrolling people. But his team ran into a problem when they started calling potential participants.

“Pretty much everybody said, Well that’s the drug that’s dangerous to your heart, or, I talked to my friends and they said don’t take it, or that I saw on TV it’s dangerous,” says Giles.

Just a month earlier, he says demand for the drug was soaring. Some patients with auto-immune conditions couldn’t even get their prescriptions filled, after President Trump spoke enthusiastically about the drug.

In April, the FDA issued a warning about using the drug for COVID-19 patients without strict medical supervision in a hospital or as part of a clinical trial. The agency had received reports of serious heart-related adverse events and death in patients with COVID-19 receiving hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.

But the back and forth headlines and the ongoing political wrangling seemed to make people wary of the medication, Giles says, even in the context of a carefully run clinical trial.

“It became almost impossible to get anyone interested,” says Giles.

Giles says the committee overseeing his study added a new requirement: that study participants needed to have had an ECG within the last year.

As a rheumatologist, Giles knows the medication better than most doctors because he prescribes it to many of his patients.

“It’s a very, very safe drug, it’s been used for over 75 years,” he says. “When I give someone hydroxychloroquine, I don’t get an ECG or do blood monitoring.”

Giles was planning to enroll otherwise healthy people and screen out anyone who could be at risk of heart problems. But that new requirement, plus the negative press, made it too difficult to find study subjects.

He gave up on doing the study. He says it’s a missed opportunity.

“It’s not unreasonable to think that a short course of this drug might have some protective ability,” he says.

Risks and potential

The concern over cardiac risk for hospitalized patients is real, says Dr. Mark Poznansky, director of the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center in the Infectious Disease Division of Massachusetts General Hospital. Even though the drug has been used safely to prevent malaria, he says, “that is very different from using the drug in acutely ill patients with COVID-19.”

He recently published a review of the evidence for using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 that casts doubt on its effectiveness.

“The data up to date … doesn’t make one entirely optimistic that we are going to find something different in a clinical trial,” he says.

Poznansky notes a recent study of nearly 1,400 people with moderate to severe COVID-19 found no benefit and concluded that the drug should not be routinely used on patients.

He says the drug should only be used in the context of clinical trials, “or under strict compassionate use, in order to do no harm.”

Still, Poznansky doesn’t rule out that further well-designed trials could turn up better results.

‘The virus doesn’t care about politics’

At Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, cardiologist Dr. William O’Neill says enrollment for their clinical trial studying hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 plummeted in late April.

“It really caused a huge problem for us,” O’Neill says. “It set us back probably a month.”

O’Neill attributes the drop in enrollment to the FDA warning and a highly publicized study of over 300 hospitalized veterans with COVID-19. The authors of that study found the drug did not reduce the need for a ventilator and even linked hydroxychloroquine to higher death rates. However, the study wasn’t a rigorous controlled trial and the results weren’t peer reviewed.

“That was interpreted as a warning that the drug is dangerous,” says O’Neill. But he says, using it for prevention is a different matter than treating already sick patients. “Everything that we see about hydroxychloroquine suggests that the earlier you use the drug, the more likely it is to be effective.”

O’Neill says the fact that President Trump is touting this drug means it now has become a political flashpoint.

“It has made people absolutely committed to proving him wrong,” he says.

“The problem with that is this is not politics, this is life and death,” he says. “We’re talking about a treatment. Who would be rooting for us not to find a therapy, for God’s sakes?”

Multiple clinical trials involving hydroxychloroquine are underway at the University of Washington in Seattle. But Dr. Christine Johnston says recruitment has become a major challenge.

“We are hearing now from some participants that the study and the drug feel too political and they just don’t want to participate at all,” says Johnston. “As physicians, we would not do something that we thought was harmful.”

Johnston’s colleague, professor Dr. Ruanne Barnabas, is trying to recruit 2,000 patients to test whether the drug can prevent COVID-19.

“A clinical trial is the only way that we will be able to answer this question quickly and with high confidence,” she says.

Researchers at Duke University are also testing if hydroxychloroquine can be a new tool for prevention during the pandemic. But Duke professor of medicine Dr. Susanna Naggie says they need to be able to recruit enough people.

“I do worry that there are many well controlled trials that are underway where we won’t get an answer,” says Naggie. “That, I think, would be a shame.”

Another researcher conducting large trials, Dr. Wesley Self, says the coverage of hydroxychloroquine has felt a bit like an “emotional roller coaster,” which has led to more questions from patients.

“I actually find it helpful,” says Self, an emergency physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We’re giving people relatively low doses of hydroxychloroquine, which we believe are quite safe. And we’re monitoring for side effects very closely.”

Self is the lead investigator of the ORCHID trial that focuses on hydroxychloroquine in treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

“This is a perfect situation for a clinical trial to really understand what the balance of those benefits and risks are,” he says.

Another large clinical trial is looking at whether hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin can keep people with COVID-19 from being hospitalized or dying.

“We think the way that this medication works, it would be better to take it early, rather than later, especially when somebody is really really sick already,” says Dr. Davey Smith, head of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

“In reality, the virus doesn’t care about politics and science should also not care about politics,” Smith says. “I just want an answer one way or the other.”

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NHS Staff in Trial to Test Effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine Used by Trump as COVID Prophylactic

US President Donald Trump has been touting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic against COVID-19, referring to it as a “game-changer” in the search for potential treatments for the novel respiratory disease, despite a lack of conclusive scientific evidence or large-scale clinical trials to support this.

British health workers are to take part in the first global study involving hydroxychloroquine – the drug US President Donald Trump revealed he was taking as a preventive measure against COVID-19, reported Sky News.

The clinical trial that is part of a study led by the Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), supported by the University of Oxford and health charity Wellcome, will initially involve hospitals in Brighton and Oxford.

The trial is open to any adults employed at UK healthcare facilities and working with proven or suspected coronavirus patients, under the condition they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or a respiratory disease.

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A member of medical staff is seen at an NHS coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility, Wolverhampton, Britain, April 7, 2020

These sites are the first of an overall 25 that will be used to test if chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine can prevent coronavirus infections. Previous trials studied the drug as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

According to MORU co-principal investigator, Professor Sir Nicholas White, the clinical trials will involve over 40,000 people working with coronavirus patients across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

“We really do not know if chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are beneficial or harmful against COVID-19,” White was quoted by the outlet as saying.

Underscoring the fact that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not licensed to treat or prevent the coronavirus respiratory disease, the UK government has been emphatically urging against using the medication outside clinical trials.

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A scientist at RNA medicines company Arcturus Therapeutics research a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at a laboratory in San Diego, California, U.S., March 17, 2020

Lead UK investigator for the MORU trial, Professor Martin Llewelyn of Brighton and Sussex School, voiced cautious optimism regarding the outcome of the study:

“If drugs as well tolerated as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could reduce the chances of catching COVID-19 this would be incredibly valuable… Like all drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have side effects. But actually, used in the sort of doses that we will use them in the COPCOV trial, they’re expected to be really, very safe.”

The results of the clinical trial are expected to be announced by the end of 2020.

‘Game-Changer’ Drug

While to date there are no clinically proven treatments for COVID-19, the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has been in the limelight ever since US President Donald Trump announced on 18 May that he had been taking it as a preventive measure against COVID-19, and touted it as a “game changer”.

When asked about his reasons for taking the drug, Trump emphasised he believed “it’s good, adding he “heard a lot of good stories”, and that “a lot of frontline workers and doctors” take it.

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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting on the administration’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2020

Some epidemiologists believe that the drug can be effective against COVID-19, if combined with zinc and azithromycin.

Trump’s announcement sparked a wave of criticism due to lack of conclusive scientific studies regarding use of the drug, with the US government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, urging caution, and insisting there was no proof the medication could prevent coronavirus, as large-scale clinical trials are yet to be completed.

A number of observational studies have shown hydroxychloroquine does not help with COVID-19.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on 11 May showed no evidence that HCQ could be effective in treating COVID-19 patients.

Earlier, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that hydroxychloroquine can cause heart rhythm problems, and must not be used outside of hospital settings or clinical trials.

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Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back at Kayleigh McEnany After Press Conference ‘Scolding’

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel shared a hypothesis with viewers about why President Donald Trump would take an unproven drug to prevent the coronavirus but refused to wear a mask. “I thought about it for a long time last night and I’ve come to what I think is the only reasonable conclusion,” the late-night host said. “He’s trying to kill himself.” 

Apparently White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany didn’t find that joke very funny. 

“Have you been watching the Hydroxy Horror Picture Show?” Kimmel asked Wednesday night. “The president this week claimed he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to stave off the coronavirus. And of course his disciples are now doing it too.” 

Citing reports that Trump fans have been attempting to make their own hydroxychloroquine at home, Kimmel added, “I have to say I like this idea. That’s good old-fashioned American initiative! Boil up some homemade hydroxy! What could possibly go wrong?”

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Kayleigh McEnany Responds to Left-Wing Reporters Opining on Dangers of Hydroxychloroquine with FIRE (VIDEO)

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday shredded left-wing reporters opining on the dangers of taking hydroxychloroquine.

During his press conference with restaurant owners on Monday, President Trump announced he was taking the life-saving drug Hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against the Wuhan Coronavirus.

President Trump admitted he has been taking Hydroxychloroquine for “a couple weeks.”

As expected, the Democrat-media complex went crazy in response to Trump taking the anti-malaria drug that has been safely prescribed to people since the 1950s.

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The snakes in the White House press pool tried their best to throw ‘gotcha questions’ at Kayleigh McEnany regarding the so-called dangers of taking hydroxychloroquine.

McEnany wasn’t having it and not only shredded the reporters, but went after the Cuomo brothers!

The White House Press Sec blasted CNN anchor Chris Cuomo for taking a less safe version of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.


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Please Tell Me Trump’s Doctor Didn’t Really Just Prescribe Him Hydroxychloroquine

I actually thought we were through with hydroxychloroquine. 

That medication, which has legitimate uses for the treatment of malaria and certain autoimmune disorders like lupus, was dubiously touted by President Trump earlier this spring as a potential miracle treatment for COVID-19. At one point, he proclaimed that tens of millions of doses had been released to the nation’s doctors struggling with the pandemic illness that has now killed more than 90,000 Americans.

Unfortunately, at this time, there is no reliable evidence to support the use of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of the novel coronavirus. There is, however, ample evidence of the potential for very serious, potentially fatal side effects from the medication. It was because of these side effects that clinical trials using it to treat COVID-19 were halted in France and Brazil, and that an NIH-backed (not peer-reviewed) study of patients at the Veterans Administration concluded it was more strongly associated with killing than relieving ailing veterans. The Food and Drug Administration went so far as to issue a warning to the general public about use of the medication outside of hospital settings. 

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“Come on, Man!” – Biden Comes Unhinged, Compares Trump Taking Hydroxychloroquine to Injecting Himself with Clorox (VIDEO)

77-year-old Joe Biden compared President Trump taking Hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has been prescribed to people by doctors for decades, to injecting himself with Clorox.

During his press conference with restaurant owners on Monday, President Trump announced he was taking the life-saving drug Hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against the Wuhan Coronavirus.

President Trump admitted he has been taking Hydroxychloroquine for “a couple weeks.”

As expected, the Democrat-media complex went crazy in response to Trump taking the anti-malaria drug that has been safely prescribed to people since the 1950s.

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Joe Biden joined the media sycophants and criticized Trump.

Biden came unhinged and compared Trump taking Hydroxychloroquine to injecting himself with Clorox.

“It’s like saying ‘maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood, you know, it may cure you’” said Biden. “Come on, man!”

Biden then falsely claimed no “serious” medical personnel has supported the use of Hydroxychloroquine.

President Trump has never instructed people to inject themselves with Clorox.

This dangerous misinformation is being spread by Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and their stenographers in the left-wing media.


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Trump’s Hydroxychloroquine Dosing Divides Fox’s ‘News’ and ‘Opinion’ Wings

President Donald Trump’s jaw-dropping claim on Monday that he’s now taking the unproven anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus prophylactic kicked off dueling dialogues happening in real-time on Fox News, with news hosts warning that the drug can literally “kill you” while the reliably pro-Trump opinion stars applauded the president and mocked the media for “freaking out.”

Weeks after both the president and Fox News seemingly moved on from round-the-clock promotion of the drug as a miracle coronavirus cure, Trump dropped his bombshell, telling White House reporters that he’s been taking the drug for the past week-and-a-half because he’s gotten “a lot of positive calls about it.”

“A lot of doctors take it. I take it,” he boasted to a shocked White House press corps. “I hope to not be able to take it soon, because you know, I hope they come up with some vaccine. I think people should be allowed to.”

Immediately after the president concluded his remarks, a stunned Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto took to the air to implore viewers not to listen to the president, who had just encouraged them to go out and get the drug as a preventive treatment of COVID-19.

“The [Veterans Affairs] study to which the president alluded wasn’t a loaded political one, it was a test on patients there. And those who took it in a vulnerable population including those with respiratory and other conditions, they died,” Cavuto exclaimed, refuting Trump’s complaints about a NIH-backed study on VA coronavirus patients.

“I want to stress again, If you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you,” he warned Fox viewers. “I cannot stress that enough. This. Will. Kill. You.”

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Stephen Colbert Brutally Mocks Trump for Taking Hydroxychloroquine

Stephen Colbert opened his Late Show monologue Monday night with the day’s “startling admission” from President Donald Trump.

“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine,” Trump told reporters. “A couple weeks ago I started taking it.” Asked why he’s taking it, the president added, “Because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”

“Of course, that’s why anyone takes an experimental drug treatment,” Colbert said before presenting his own version of a pharmaceutical ad for the unproven treatment: “If you think hydroxycholoroquine might be right for you, don’t ask your doctor. Just ask around. And if you hear some good stories, eat it. Eat it, you coward.”

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Fox’s Neil Cavuto Warns Viewers After Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine: ‘This. Will. Kill. You.’

Moments after President Donald Trump shockingly declared that he has been taking the controversial anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as preventive treatment for the coronavirus, Fox News host Neil Cavuto warned viewers that the drug could literally kill them.

“All right, that was stunning,” Cavuto gasped after Trump’s remarks concluded. “The President of the United States just acknowledged that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug that is really meant to treat malaria and lupus. The president insisted that it has enormous benefits for patients either trying to prevent or already have COVID-19.”

The veteran Fox News anchor went on to note that while the president in the past has said “what have you got to lose” regarding taking the drug, several recent studies showed that vulnerable people do “have one thing to lose—their lives.”

Cavuto highlighted the results from clinical trials and extensive studies that revealed no noticeable efficacy in treating COVID-19, including a recent government-funded Veterans Affairs study that found more deaths associated with coronavirus patients who took the drug as a treatment.

“The VA study to which the president alluded wasn’t a loaded political one, it was a test on patients there,” Cavuto declared. “And those who took it in a vulnerable population including those with respiratory and other conditions, they died.”

“I want to stress again, If you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you,” the Fox host strongly stated. “I cannot stress that enough. This. Will. Kill. You.”

After pointing out that the Food and Drug Administration has warned against the use of the drug due to serious side effects such as “serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19,” Cavuto brought on a doctor to discuss Trump’s announcement, who said he was “very surprised” by Trump’s revelation.

“As far as our treatment of COVID-19 patients, whether you are slightly ill or very ill, we have seen no effect whatsoever with this drug,” St. Joseph University Hospital Chairman Dr. Bob Lahita said, expressing additional concerns about the potential for fatal arrhythmia.

While Cavuto was issuing a dire warning to Fox News viewers about the drug, Fox News host Laura Ingraham has continued to promote the drug as a potential “game-changer” nightly, even as her other colleagues quietly stopped touting hydroxychloroquine in late April after several studies laid doubt as to its efficacy.

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“It Will Kill You!” – Trump-Hater Neil Cavuto “Stunned” that President Trump is Taking Hydroxychloroquine (VIDEO)

During his press conference with restaurant owners on Monday President Trump announced he was taking the life-saving drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against the Wuhan coronavirus.

President Trump admitted he has been taking Hydroxychloroquine for “a couple weeks”

The president added that he spoke with the White House doctor before he started taking the anti-malarial drug.

Hydroxychloroquine has been deemed the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus in an international poll of more than 6,000 doctors.

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India uses the drug as a prophylaxis for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
India has the lowest deaths per million residents ( at 2) in the world today.

This admission by President Trump really shook Never-Trumper Neil Cavuto.

Cavuto claims the drug will kill you!

Neil Cavuto: “If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you.”

Hydroxychloroquine has been used in the US safely since World War II.

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More Trump Idiocy: No Benefit from Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 – Veterans Today

In March Trump tweeted: “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You!” He has continued to support this untested drug since, turning what should have been a minor footnote in the COVID-19 pandemic into a political controversy.

As evidence of putting politics above science, Dr. Rick Bright claims he was removed from his post simply for questioning the promotion of hydroxychloroquine:

Dr. Rick Bright was abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, and removed as the deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response. He was given a narrower job at the National Institutes of Health.

In a scorching statement, Dr. Bright assailed the leadership at the health department, saying he was pressured to direct money toward hydroxychloroquine, one of several “potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections” and repeatedly described by the president as a potential “game changer” in the fight against the virus.

The Plandemic conspiracy theorists promoted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for the pandemic, suggesting the government (yes, the same one headed by Trump) was withholding it to make money off an eventual vaccine.

The right wing media has championed the drug, seeing it, apparently, as a way of supporting Trump, and characterizing any criticism of the drug as a means of undermining the president. Most enthusiastic among them is probably Laura Ingraham. In a sly anti-science statement she said: “I love everybody, love the medical profession. But they want a double-blind controlled study on whether the sky is blue.”

The implication here is that the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 is obvious, based on anecdotal evidence and selected preliminary reports, and so why are we wasting our time with further more rigorous study?

Meanwhile, the majority of the medical profession was appropriately cautious.  David Gorski wrote about it on March 23 concluding:

The bottom line is that more data are desperately needed. Sadly, the French study doesn’t provide us with the data needed and has muddied the waters more than clarified whether using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 is an effective intervention.

I first mentioned in on April 8th, concluding:

The probability that hydroxychloroquine will turn out to be an effective treatment for COVID-19 is not zero as there is some encouraging pre-clinical data. But the probability, based just on pre-clinical data, is extremely low. Most treatments that look encouraging don’t pan out, for a variety of reasons. It is perhaps more likely that this drug will cause more deaths and harm from side effects and other unintended consequences (like depriving people who actually need the drug) than it will help with the pandemic. At this point all we can say is that rigorous clinical trials are needed. But this requires patience, and that is in short supply during a crisis.

Fauci and other experts basically took the position that this drug should be studied, and should not be taken outside a clinical trial, or at least a controlled medical setting. So who was right, the experts or the political pundits? I think you know the answer.

In the last week four large studies of hydroxychloriquine have been published in prestigious journals, two in the BMJ, one in JAMA, and one in the New England Journal of Medicine. All four studies were negative – they showed no benefit from hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19. But let’s give a quick summary of each study.

One of the studies, a study from China published in the BMJ, was a controlled trial (the other three are observational). This included 150 mild to moderate patients, 75 randomized to getting hydroxychloroquine and 75 usual care. The main outcome was negative seroconversion (blood test for the coronavirus becoming negative after being positive). They also followed clinical outcome and adverse events. They found:

Administration of hydroxychloroquine did not result in a significantly higher probability of negative conversion than standard of care alone in patients admitted to hospital with mainly persistent mild to moderate covid-19. Adverse events were higher in hydroxychloroquine recipients than in non-recipients.

The second BMJ article was from France, and involved 181 patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen therapy. Here are the numbers:

In the weighted analyses, the survival rate without transfer to the intensive care unit at day 21 was 76% in the treatment group and 75% in the control group (weighted hazard ratio 0.9, 95% confidence interval 0.4 to 2.1). Overall survival at day 21 was 89% in the treatment group and 91% in the control group (1.2, 0.4 to 3.3). Survival without acute respiratory distress syndrome at day 21 was 69% in the treatment group compared with 74% in the control group (1.3, 0.7 to 2.6). At day 21, 82% of patients in the treatment group had been weaned from oxygen compared with 76% in the control group (weighted risk ratio 1.1, 95% confidence interval 0.9 to 1.3). Eight patients in the treatment group (10%) experienced electrocardiographic modifications that required discontinuation of treatment.

As you can see, there is no effect at all here. There is no even a trend toward improvement with the drug, so you cannot argue that the study was just underpowered. Of note, 10% of the treated patients had to stop the drug because of EKG changes. Hydroxychloroquine is known to cause dangerous rhythm changes in the heart. If these patients were not being carefully monitored, they may have suffered cardiac death as a result of treatment.

The JAMA and NEJM studies were both larger studies, involving 1438 and 1446 patients respectively. The JAMA study was a multicenter study in New York State, and the NEJM study was performed in a major hospital in New York City. And their conclusions, JAMA first:

Among patients hospitalized in metropolitan New York with COVID-19, treatment with hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, or both, compared with neither treatment, was not significantly associated with differences in in-hospital mortality.


In this observational study involving patients with Covid-19 who had been admitted to the hospital, hydroxychloroquine administration was not associated with either a greatly lowered or an increased risk of the composite end point of intubation or death.

And again, there wasn’t even a beneficial trend. If anything, most of the data was trending negative for hydroxychloroquine, although not statistical significant. As each of the four article pointed out, this data is not definitive because they are not large randomized double-blind controlled trials (you know, the kind that Ingraham says is not necessary). But what does that mean? Do we have to do such trials? I don’t think so, even though they are happening.

The current level of evidence, multiple large trials that are observational but rigorous in different settings with different researchers, all finding no benefit, and if anything a negative or neutral trend, is pretty damning. This is the level of evidence that would be used to determine if the investment and risk to patients of doing controlled trials is worth it, and the answer would likely be no.

The question we have to ask is this – if there were any benefit from hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 would we be seeing some evidence of that benefit in this data. The answer is – almost certainly yes. Any clinically significant effect should be apparent in the existing data. Of course we cannot rule out a tiny effect – the smaller the effect, the larger the trials needed to see it, and we can never rule out a zero effect. But we can answer the question for an effect big enough to be clinically significant, and that answer is very likely to be – no effect from hydroxychloroquine. The probability that more rigorous or larger studies will find a significant effect missed by these trials is vanishingly small.

In addition, scientists have been publishing and updating systematic reviews and metaanalysis of all hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 studies in real time to provide updated information. The most recent one using data published up to May 14th (so it should include these four studies) concluded:

This systematic review and meta-analysis not only showed no clinical benefits regarding HCQ treatment with/without azithromycin for COVID-19 patients, but according to multiple sensitivity analysis, the higher mortality rates were observed for both HCQ and HCQ+AZM regimen groups, especially in the latter.

Some risk, no benefit. They include the usual caveats that most of the data is observational. But again, any significant benefit should be showing itself in this data.

Experts were cautious about hydroxychloroquine for a reason.

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News RT

Trump reveals he’s been taking Hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 — RT USA News

US President Donald Trump shocked reporters by revealing that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine as a preventative against the coronavirus, following the advice of the White House physician.

“I’ve been taking it for about a week and a half now and I’m still here,” he said on Monday, following a meeting with governors at the White House. “I was just waiting to see your eyes light up when I said this,” he told the reporter asking the question. 

Asked what evidence he had that the drug was helpful, Trump said “I get a lot of positive calls about it,” before adding, “What do you have to lose?”

Trump had mentioned the drug in the early days of the pandemic, apparently citing the research of a famous if controversial French physician who used it to treat Covid-19 patients, and has hosted a Democrat state legislator who recovered from the virus with the help of HCQ. 

The media and the medical establishment, however, rallied in condemnation of such treatment as unproven or even dangerous, saying it could lead to fatal heart problems in some people. They also cited preliminary studies suggesting it did little or nothing to help Covid-19 patients, admittedly treated at late stages of the disease.

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Hydroxychloroquine has been used for decades to treat malaria and lupus. Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration warned against using the drug outside of clinical trials or hospitals, citing reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in some patients.

As a portly 73-year-old, Trump checks off several risk categories for severe coronavirus outcomes, and there have been concerns about his health after several White House aides tested positive for the virus in recent weeks. Reporters have repeatedly pressured him to wear a face mask.

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Gateway Pundit News

World Renowned Doctors Release Studies Supporting Hydroxychloroquine Treatment for Coronavirus as Fake News Continues to Smear Life-Saving Drug

Thousands of lives could be saved with the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the China coronavirus. 

One of the most recognized experts in the study of communicable diseases worldwide is Dr. Didier Raoult:

Dr. Raoult is very hopeful regarding the treatment of the China coronavirus by using hydroxychloroquine.

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Dr. Raoult continues to speak out on his tremendous results using HCQ on coronavirus patients.  

The Chinese study referred to by Dr. Raoult claimed the following:

CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with a decreased mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19 through attenuation of inflammatory cytokine storm. Therefore, hydroxychloroquine should be prescribed for treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients to save lives.

The Spanish study concluded the following:

Conclusions: in a cohort of 166 patients from 18 to 85 years hospitalised with COVID-19, hydroxychloroquine treatment with 800mg added loading dose increased survival when patients were admitted in early stages of the disease. There was a non-statistically significant trend towards survival in all groups, which will have to be clarified in subsequent studies.

Dr. Oz is remains hopeful with Dr. Raoult’s results to date:

In spite of all the evidence that hydroxychloroquine is a viable alternative for treating the China coronavirus, other flawed studies claim the drug doesn’t work.  Could this be because there are billions of dollars in vaccines as opposed to these simple drugs and big pharmaceutical firms therefore would prefer the big money in vaccines?

It is not surprising but very sad that our medical community is also  political at a time when the world needs good honest information on how to treat the China coronavirus. 

Liberals and the far left mainstream media have blood on their hands.

Hat tip Lars from Denmark

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