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Trump's push for risky malaria drugs disrupts coronavirus response

Trump’s push for risky malaria drugs disrupts coronavirus response

“It’s not the right thing to do, in the middle of a pandemic, to throw the kitchen sink — even guided by Oracle — at patients,” said Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU.

Scientists are trying to answer some of the gaping questions about chloroquine: The World Health Organization is launching a global trial of the drug and other potential treatments, while New York state is enrolling patients in its own study this week.

“Using untested medicines without the right evidence will raise false hope and even do more harm than good — and cause a shortage of essential medicines that are needed to treat other diseases,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization.

But in the U.S., where Trump has taken to touting chloroquine’s “very powerful” abilities in press conferences, the president and Vice President Mike Pence are encouraging off-label use since the medicine is

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At some U.S. hospitals, drugs, catheters, oxygen tanks run low

At some U.S. hospitals, drugs, catheters, oxygen tanks run low

By Joseph Ax and Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s not just protective facemasks that are in short supply: health workers in U.S. hospitals are reporting dwindling stocks of drugs, catheters and other medical miscellany vital for caring for a surge in patients stricken by the coronavirus outbreak.

Marney Gruber, a doctor who works in emergency rooms around New York City, said a number of commonly used medications are in short supply, and at least one hospital had run out of central line kits, which are used to administer drugs to patients in intensive care.

“Never ever before have I heard of that being an issue,” Gruber said in an interview on Friday. “These are staples in emergency medicine and ICUs. These are your bread and butter, truly, your very basic essentials.”

Hospitals have quickly begun to strain under the surge as the city has become the global epicenter

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What are Hydroxychloroquine, Chloroquine and how much do these potential coronavirus drugs cost?

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The state of New York began trials Tuesday on the treatment of coronavirus using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, often used in the treatment of malaria.

The action comes following President Trump’s announcement last week of government approval of testing the two drugs. Over the weekend, he expressed his optimism over the possibility of success calling it “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” when combined with antibiotic Azithromycin. According to one clinical trial of 36 patients in France, six patients who were administered the drugs were able to recover from COVID-19.

Still, not everyone is convinced, especially after one man in Arizona treated himself with chloroquine and died. 

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) signed an emergency order on Tuesday that prohibits the prescribing and dispensing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

U.S. state pharmacy boards work to limit prescriptions of potential coronavirus drugs

By Michael Erman

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least four state pharmacy boards have taken steps to limit prescriptions of potential coronavirus treatments touted by U.S. President Donald Trump that are in short supply as demand has surged with the rapid spread of the outbreak.

State pharmacy boards in Texas, Ohio, Idaho and Nevada in recent days moved to restrict who can be prescribed the malaria treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and how much of the drugs can be prescribed, according to documents filed by the boards. Texas has also limited prescriptions of the antibiotic azithromycin as well as another anti-malarial drug, mefloquine.

There are currently no approved treatments or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the highly contagious, sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Researchers are studying existing treatments and working on experimental ones, but most current patients receive only supportive care such as breathing assistance.

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Trump's Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science

Trump’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science

President Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House about the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington, March 20, 2020. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)
President Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House about the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington, March 20, 2020. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

At a long-winded White House briefing Friday, President Donald Trump enthusiastically and repeatedly promoted the promise of two long-used malaria drugs that are still unproven against the coronavirus but are being tested in clinical trials.

“I’m a smart guy,” he said, while acknowledging he couldn’t predict the drugs would work. “I feel good about it. And we’re going to see. You’re going to see soon enough.”

But the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, delicately — yet forcefully — pushed back from the same stage, explaining that there was only anecdotal evidence that the drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, may be effective.

“The president feels optimistic about something, has feelings about it,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy

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Trump's breathless takes on drugs for virus

Trump’s breathless takes on drugs for virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Could be a game changer.” “Very exciting.” “The way they acted with this kind of speed is an incredible thing.” “Very powerful.” “This could be a tremendous breakthrough. Tremendous breakthrough.” “We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately.” “There’s tremendous promise.”

That’s President Donald Trump, inflating expectations about an end game to the coronavirus crisis with his positive spin on a disease that is spreading with no federally approved drug treatments, no preventive medicine, no cure and not enough equipment to help everyone sick from it.

Trump commanded the daily coronavirus task force briefings at the White House this past week, fashioning himself as a wartime president and making a variety of statements about the pandemic that were problematic or just wrong.

The public health officials who were with him walked back some of those statements. Most strikingly, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of

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