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Trump says he's taking hydroxychloroquine, unproven drug he's touted for COVID-19

Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, unproven drug he’s touted for COVID-19

President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he’s touted as a possible “game changer” treatment for COVID-19.

He said he asked the White House doctor if he could take the unproven treatment despite having no symptoms, adding he’s been taking a pill a day for about a week and a half.

“I’m still fine,” he said, referring to possible dangerous side effects.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks with restaurant executives and industry leaders during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic meeting in the State Dining Room at the White House, May 18, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

The FDA last month specifically warned against taking hydroxychloroquine “outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.”

MORE: No good news for hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment, new study shows

“I asked him, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘Well if

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Trump says he's taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus

Trump says he’s taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus

President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an unproven treatment for COVID-19 that he has vigorously promoted.

“A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy. A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers — before you catch it,” Trump said at the White House. “I happen to be taking it. I happen to be taking it. … I’m taking it — hydroxychloroquine — right now.”

Trump said that he doesn’t believe he was exposed to the virus but that he decided to take the drug after having consulted with the White House physician. He also claimed that essential workers, including doctors and nurses, were taking the drug to prevent contracting the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, said in a statement later Monday

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Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' for unproven theory that coronavirus came from lab

Pompeo says ‘enormous evidence’ for unproven theory that coronavirus came from lab

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there are “enormous” signs that the novel coronavirus outbreak originated a biomedical laboratory in Wuhan, China — the city where cases first exploded.

“I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan,” Pompeo said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

“Do you think they intentionally released that virus, or it was an accident in the lab?” Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz pressed.

“I can’t answer your question about that,” he said, “because the Chinese Communist Party has refused to cooperate with world health experts.”

The White House last week ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to look into whether China concealed information early on about the novel coronavirus, two administration officials told ABC News last week.

MORE: White House orders intel agencies to investigate China, World Health Organization

Pompeo on Sunday agreed the virus was not manmade.

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Surge in people trying to buy unproven 'cures' promoted by Trump and Elon Musk, study finds

Surge in people trying to buy unproven ‘cures’ promoted by Trump and Elon Musk, study finds

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AFP via Getty Images

There has been a surge in the number of people looking buy unproven drugs to protect against covid-19, a new study has found.

The mention of potentially dangerous drugs by high-profile people including Donald Trump and Elon Musk led people to search in an attempt to buy them online, according to the research from scientists at Oxford, Harvard, UC San Diego and Johns Hopkins.

And even after the deaths of people who were poisoned by the unproven use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in an attempt to protect themselves against the disease, the public continued to try and search them out, according to the new research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

The drugs have been mentioned by a number of high-profile people as a potential way of treating covid-19, but are yet to go through official approval channels, and can prove fatal to anyone

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The Indians worried over export of unproven 'corona drug' to US

The Indians worried over export of unproven ‘corona drug’ to US

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India’s decision to export a drug that US President Donald Trump has touted as a possible cure for Covid-19 has worried many at home who take the medicine for other ailments.

There is no proof that hydroxychloroquine (commonly known as HCQ) is effective in treating Covid-19, but Mr Trump has called it a “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus.

An anti-malaria drug, it’s also routinely prescribed for autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus – John Hopkins Lupus Centre has described it as a sort of “lupus life insurance” – and is taken by thousands of Indians daily.

But now with all the hype around it, patients in India have looked on anxiously for the past fortnight as hydroxychloroquine has been disappearing from the shelves in chemist stores.

Kolkata (Calcutta) resident Barnali Mitra, who has been taking a daily dose of 200mg for 17 years for lupus, describes the

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Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

By Marisa Taylor and Aram Roston

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters.

Shortly afterward, the federal government published highly unusual guidance informing doctors they had the option to prescribe the drugs, with key dosing information based on unattributed anecdotes rather than peer-reviewed science.

While Trump, in a series of tweets and press comments, had made his opinions on the drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, well known, the nature of his behind-the-scenes intervention has not been previously reported. The guidance, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has received scant notice outside medical circles.

The episode reveals how the president’s efforts could change the nature of drug oversight, a field long governed by strict rules of science and testing. Rarely, if ever,

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

EXCLUSIVE-Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance

By Marisa Taylor and Aram Roston

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters. Shortly afterward, the federal government published highly unusual guidance informing doctors they had the option to prescribe the drugs, with key dosing information based on unattributed anecdotes rather than peer-reviewed science.

While Trump, in a series of tweets and press comments, had made his opinions on the drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, well known, the nature of his behind-the-scenes intervention has not been previously reported. The guidance, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has received scant notice outside medical circles.

The episode reveals how the president’s efforts could change the nature of drug oversight, a field long governed by strict rules of science and testing. Rarely,

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Could chloroquine treat coronavirus? 5 questions answered about a promising, problematic and unproven use for an antimalarial drug

Could chloroquine treat coronavirus? 5 questions answered about a promising, problematic and unproven use for an antimalarial drug

<span class="caption">An employee in Nantong, China, checks the production of chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for the treatment of malaria. </span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images</span></span>
An employee in Nantong, China, checks the production of chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for the treatment of malaria. Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

An Arizona man died, and his wife was hospitalized, after taking a form of chloroquine, which President Trump has touted as an effective treatment for COVID-19. The couple decided to self-medicate with chloroquine phosphate, which they had on hand to kill parasites in their fish, after hearing the president describe the drug as a “game changer.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of NIH’s National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, quickly corrected the statement, explaining that Trump’s comments were based on anecdotes and not a controlled clinical trial.

I am a medicinal chemist who specializes in discovery and development of antiviral drugs, and I have been actively working on coronaviruses for seven years.

However, because I am a scientist and I deal in facts and evidence-based

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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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