Hydroxychloroquine

Now that is damn mouth full, right?

But what the Hell is it?

This is that drug that our president keeps promoting……but what is it used for?  I would like to add that it is untested as a weapon against Covid-19 and yet our president keeps throwing it out into the discussion…..why?

But first……

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments.

Hydroxychloroquine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. For prevention of malaria in adults, two tablets are usually taken once a week on exactly the same day of each week. The first dose is taken 1 to 2 weeks before traveling to an area where malaria is common, and then doses are continued for 8 weeks after exposure. For treatment of acute attacks of malaria in adults, four tablets are usually taken right away, followed by two tablets 6 to 8 hours later and then two tablets on each of the next 2 days.

For prevention or treatment of malaria in infants and children, the amount of hydroxychloroquine is based on the child’s weight. Your doctor will calculate this amount and tell you how much hydroxychloroquine your child should receive.

CDC has made a decision on the labeling….

What Reuters calls “highly unusual guidance” on two drugs President Trump has been pushing to treat the coronavirus has been removed from the CDC site almost as quickly as it went up. The original guidance on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which showed up over the weekend under “Therapeutic Options,” read: “Although optimal dosing and duration of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 are unknown, some US clinicians have reported anecdotally” on ways to prescribe it. Now, after a Tuesday update, the section starts: “There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the [FDA] to prevent or treat COVID-19.” Medical experts were surprised at the original wording. “No references, no nothing,” Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, told Reuters over the weekend. “Why would CDC be publishing anecdotes? That doesn’t make sense. This is very unusual.”

A CDC statement says the original guidance had been requested by doctors and the White House virus task force to be reviewed and posted “as quickly as possible.” However, the Hill notes Dr. Anthony Fauci, part of that task force, recently warned against using the drug for the virus without more study. Jeffrey Flier, a former dean at Harvard Medical School, agrees. “We are in an emergency and we need to rely on our government to ensure that all these potential therapies are tested in the most effective and objective way,” he told Reuters. “The president is short-circuiting the process with his gut feelings.” A White House statement denies any “pressure campaign” and claims Trump is simply seeking “an unprecedented collaboration to expedite vaccine development.” Politico and the Atlantic look more into hydroxychloroquine and how it has made its way into the public eye

Is there a reason that untested and untried drug is high on the president’s lips?

Maybe it is because he has a financial stake?

President Trump made a rare appearance in the Situation Room on Sunday as his pandemic task force was meeting, determined to talk about the anti-malaria medicine that he has aggressively promoted lately as a treatment for the coronavirus.

Once again, according to a person briefed on the session, the experts warned against overselling a drug yet to be proved a safe remedy, particularly for heart patients. “Yes, the heart stuff,” Mr. Trump acknowledged. Then he headed out to the cameras to promote it anyway. “So what do I know?” he conceded to reporters at his daily briefing. “I’m not a doctor. But I have common sense.”

Or maybe it is something else……

The Job Creators Network was founded in 2011 by billionaire Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, a major GOP donor who spent more than $7 million through outside groups to help elect Trump in 2016. Marcus has said that he plans to spend part of his fortune to help re-elect Trump in 2020.

Job Creators Network has been funded by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a drug industry trade that counts among its members leading hydroxychloroquine makers Novartis, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer. According to tax documents, PhRMA donated $500,000 to Job Creators Network in 2017. 

Pharma-Funded Group Tied to a Top Trump Donor Is Promoting Malaria Drug to the President

I think these explain much about the president’s desire to push a possibly worthless drug on society.

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