Health & Fit Nation's testing czar: It's "time to move on" from talk about hydroxychloroquine
Scientists say it’s time to stop promoting hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
“There is no reason to keep talking about hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19."“There is no reason to keep talking about hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19,” Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease physician at Emory University School of Medicine, told NBC News. “It does not work for treatment or for prevention. I have no idea why there is still talk about it, but it’s wrong.
WASHINGTON — Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health who coordinates the administration’s coronavirus testing, said Sunday that there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an “effective” treatment for COVID-19 despite President Donald Trump’s repeated boosting of the drug over objections from experts.
In an exclusive interview with “Meet the Press,” Giroir did not specifically mention the president, but he made clear that the scientific consensus is that the drug does not help treat the disease.
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“Most physicians and prescribers are evidence-based and they’re not influenced by whatever is on Twitter or anything else. And the evidence just does not show hydroxychloroquine is effective right now,” he said.
“We need to move on from that and talk about what is effective,” he added, pointing to public hygiene measures like hand-washing and mask-wearing, as well as treatments like the drug remdesivir and steroids.
"At this point in time, there has been five randomized controlled, placebo controlled trials that do not show any benefit to hydroxychloroquine. So, at this point in time, we don't recommend that as a treatment."
Trump has touted his belief that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial, could help treat the disease since the early weeks of the pandemic. In May, he saidprophylactically.
Brazil's president says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to cure his coronavirus. Scientists have long said it doesn't work.
Jair Bolsonaro told TV Brasil he felt unwell from the "little flu" over the weekend, but claimed taking hydroxychloroquine helped reduce his fever.The Brazilian president tested positive for what he calls the "little flu" on Monday after contracting a cough and fever over the weekend.
While the Food and Drug Administration briefly issued the drug an emergency use authorization that allowed it to be used as treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the FDA. In removing the authorization, it pointing to “a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery.”
Despite similar statements from public health officials, as well as an FDA warning against using the drug outside of a hospital setting because of a risk of serious heart problems, Trump has remained steadfast in his boosting of the drug.
Last week, Trump retweeted a video of a Houston-area doctor arguing in favor of using the drug and calling it a cure for coronavirus. Twittercalling it “in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy” and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, was “spouting something that isn’t true.”
Presidential trade adviser Peter Navarro continues to tout hydroxychloroquine
Navarro continues to tout hydroxychloroquine even though FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Anthony Fauci have said the drug is not effective in treating patients. "So, can you explain what the president meant by saying 'we’re getting towards corona-free'?" asked ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday. Trump’s statements came as more than 1,500 Americans died and more than 61,000 more became infected with coronavirus in less than 24 hours.
But Trump defended his decision to share the video during a White House press briefing, saying “I happen to believe in it.” He was later pressed to answer for the doctor’s past statements, which include
“She was on air along with many other doctors. They were being fans of hydroxychloroquine, and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that — from where she came, I don't know which county she comes from — but she said that she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients, and I thought her voice was an important voice. But I know nothing about her," Trump told reporters.
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