This Monday, April 6, 2020, photo shows an arrangement of Hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump and his administration are keeping up their out-sized promotion of the anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting the new coronavirus, but scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against COVID-19. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Media has definitely treated President Donald Trump differently when he has talked about the potential of the drug hydroxychloroquine from how they have treated Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo when he made similar comments about the drug.
The media has been on the manic warpath against Trump, claiming that he was selling “false hope” and even suggesting that his endorsement was risking lives or was the reason that a couple took fish tank cleaner that killed the husband.
Cuomo is not just talking about the drug, but running clinical trials, but that’s just fine and earns questions like “how are the clinical trials going?” where Trump’s mere mention of the drug is “dangerous.”
GOP spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington pointed out the fundamental difference in a video that just highlighted the bias.
Can you spot the difference? 🧐pic.twitter.com/3x3qf09SWP
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 9, 2020
Meanwhile, doctors are prescribing it, despite the negative media attacks and it’s saving lives.
One life saved was that of Democratic Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett, as we previously reported. Whitsett believes it’s only because Trump highlighted the drug that she was able to ultimately get it.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 8, 2020
Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan. So glad you are getting better! https://t.co/v6z46rUDtg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020
The FDA has already approved it for other uses so doctors were free to prescribe it for off-label use. The FDA also approved it for emergency use for the Wuhan coronavirus. A global survey of 6,227 doctors found it “the most effective therapy” they had found/utilized so far.
Now there’s another argument for it.
According to Townhall:
Sixty-five percent of physicians across the United States said they would prescribe the anti-malaria drugs chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent COVID- 19 in a family member, according to a new survey released today by Jackson & Coker, one of the country’s largest physician staffing firms.
Only 11 percent said they would not use the drug at all.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of the surveyed doctors said they would prescribe the medications to a family member prior to the onset of symptoms if they had been exposed to COVID-19, a highly contagious virus that causes a pneumonia-like infection of the lungs.
The survey was conducted of 1,271 physicians from 50 states from April 4 to April 7 in order to allow doctors to weigh in on the debate about the drug.