President Donald Trump said during a press conference on Sunday that the US government has stockpiled 29 million hydroxychloroquine pills as a potential way to combat the spread of COVID-19. During the same press conference, the president prevented Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, from answering a question about the drug. Hydroxychloroquine is being tested, but so far has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for COVID-19.
[su_quote cite=”Jacqueline Fell”]The President is really pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential to combat Coronavirus. He says gov’t stockpiled 29 million pills, which is also used to treat lupus. Dr. Fauci and other medical pros say it’s too early to say and more testing is needed.[/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Daniel Dale”]Trump says they’ve bought a “tremendous amount” of hydroxychloroquine. He claims there are “strong signs” it works on the coronavirus. (Again, Fauci and others emphasize that it hasn’t been proven safe/effective). Trump adds, this time, that “we’ll see.”[/su_quote]
Fauci addressed the issue on CBS on Saturday
[su_quote cite=”Daniel Dale”]Fauci, asked whether hydroxychloroquine works against COVID-19: “The data are really just, at best, suggestive. There are cases that show there may be an effect. There are others to show there’s no effect. So I think in terms of science I don’t think we can definitively say yes.”[/su_quote]
Official advice from the FDA
[su_quote cite=”Jake Tapper”]
From COVID19 patients and doctors, I’ve heard mixed results on hydroxychloroquine, from good to bad results. No one should try it without supervision of health care provider.
Bottom line from the FDA is there is currently NO “approved product available to treat COVID-19
FDA: “Taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate may benefit certain patients hospitalized with COVID-19 for whom a clinical trial is not available, or participation is not feasible. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions.
FDA: “The most common side effects reported are stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and headache. These side effects can often be lessened by taking hydroxychloroquine sulfate with food. Hydroxychloroquine sulfate may also cause itching in some people.
FDA: “Minor side effects, such as nausea, occasional vomiting, or diarrhea, usually do not require stopping the drug.
FDA: “If you cannot tolerate hydroxychloroquine sulfate, or experience irregular heartbeats, fainting or low blood sugar, convulsions or seizures, yellowing of the eyes, seeing light flashes or streaks, blurred vision, difficulty hearing, ringing in ears, muscle weakness,