Frontline U.K. Healthcare Staff to be Given Trump-Backed Hydroxychloroquine

Henrietta Brewer
May 22, 2020

"And maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, but if it doesn't, you're not going to get sick and die". "It's been around for 40 years", the president said. Well, one patient who asked his doctor is President Donald Trump, who "heard a lot of good stories" how hydroxychloroquine and zinc could ward off coronavirus.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning last month that hydroxychloroquine should not be taken outside of hospital because of the risk of severe heart problems.

The drug Trump says can prevent Covid-19. People who already take other drugs that could cause this side-effect should be careful, say the scientists on their trial website, "but for healthy people who are not taking regular medications which prolong the QT interval, there should be no concerns about cardiotoxicity".


"The front-line workers, many many are taking it".

The woman, who asked to only be referred to as Kim, said she had felt safer knowing that the anti-malaria drug, which she has taken for 19 years to help with her lupus, was gaining worldwide attention as a possible treatment for warding off COVID-19, news station WISH reported.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington on May 20, 2020.

Dangers of cardiac death due to the use of hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin, have emerged in multiple studies, including one by the French national agency in charge of drug safety, one by New York University's Langone Medical Center and another study conducted by researchers in Brazil.

Doctors have also argued it could be risky to take if people don't have a condition the drug is created to help.

In an interview Wednesday on CBN News, McEnany said Trump was prescribed the drug by the White House physician. Sean Conley, said he "concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks", according to a memo released Monday night. And, you know hydroxychloroquine, it's worth mentioning, is a drug that has been approved for at least three other conditions. "Lupus is another example". "We are looking at this with great care and examining all of the evidence that is out there", the UK Security Minister James Brokenshire said.

"I happen to be taking it".

The FDA said on May 19 that taking the drug is a matter for a doctor and patient to decide.

Despite backlash, he has defended his decision to take the drug.

A top World Health Organization (WHO) official said it remains unclear whether hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, is effective in treating or preventing coronavirus and stressed that it should only be administered in clinical trials.

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