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Politics Trump promotes use of drug for coronavirus: 'I'm not a doctor. But I have common sense'

03:45  06 april  2020
03:45  06 april  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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But I have common sense ,” Trump added. Some believe the drug could help speed the recovery of coronavirus patients but many doctors , including Fauci, warn there’s not enough evidence to make that conclusion. Last week, doctors in China reported the drug was effective in helping coronavirus

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President Trump on Sunday forcefully touted the use of hydroxychloroquine as a potential means to combat or even prevent the onset of symptoms from coronavirus, wading further into a medical debate that has put him at odds with some of his top health experts.

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Trump said the government has stockpiled 29 million pills of the drug, which is also used to treat lupus. For a second consecutive day, he suggested even those without symptoms of coronavirus might consider taking the drug despite limited evidence about its efficacy in treating the virus.

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Trump added that the FDA approved “compassionate use ” for a number of patients, which allows very ill patients to use drugs not yet approved by the I ' m a New York-based journalist covering breaking news at Forbes. I hold a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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"I just think it's something - you know the expression I've used it for certain reasons - what do you have to lose?" he said. "I'm not looking at it one way or another. But we want to get out of this. If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn't do it early."

"What do I know, I'm not a doctor," he added. "But I have common sense."

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The president has for days opined on the potential efficacy of hydroxychloroquine when taken with azithromycin.

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At a time when there aren't enough coronavirus tests to meet demand, doctors say they should be given to patients when the result would make a difference in their care.

But Sunday's comments marked the farthest he has veered into playing armchair doctor. He acknowledged the drug may not work, but suggested there was no time to wait and let clinical trials play out.

"I want people to live, and I'm seeing people dying," he said. "And you know the expression when that's happening. You should do it. What really do we have to lose?"

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Other administration officials joined in Sunday in the effort to promote the drug's availability. Vice President Pence said the government was working with Michigan to make the drug more readily available, and a top FEMA official organizing supply chain efforts said the agency is prioritizing getting pills out to pharmacies and hospitals in areas experiencing outbreaks.

The promotion of hydroxychloroquine has been a point of tension within the White House as Trump has repeatedly pushed it at press briefings.

Axios reported Sunday that top White House trade adviser Peter Navarro clashed with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about how aggressively to promote the drug.

Fauci has been adamant that it is too soon to say how effective the drug is.

"The data are really just at best suggestive. There have been cases that show there may be an effect, and there are others to show there's no effect," he said on "Face the Nation" on Sunday morning. "So I think in terms of science, I don't think we could definitively say it works."

The administration's aggressive promotion of the drug has also led to a shortage of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, the Food and Drug Administration said last week, raising concerns for those who take it for conditions like lupus.

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