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Monday, March 30, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin continue to show results for patients.



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What are the next steps?

New York state has started a large controlled clinical trial, and there are reports of others. Many believe that patients who can't be in a trial should be allowed to decide, in consultation with a physician, whether to use this treatment. This is happening in some U.S. practices.

In a perfect world with unlimited supplies, any infected patient could receive treatment. With limited supplies, we should treat the sickest first and be strategic about it. We should consider this regimen for highly exposed people such as health-care workers and first responders. These heroes in the war against Covid-19 deserve protection.

For my entire career, I have taken a conservative approach to medicine. I don't want to give false or premature hope. All of this is subject to further refinement as more information arrives. But likewise I can't ignore the available evidence. This appears to be the best widely available option for treating Covid-19 and not merely easing the suffering from the disease. It would be irresponsible not to pursue this option aggressively.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-30 09:32 AM | Reply

Sorry folks. I didn't realize this was behind a paywall.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-30 12:18 PM | Reply

Great, now all my fish are going to die because some jerk snorted all my tank cleaning stuff.

Honestly, we've had the stuff since 1945 we know how to prescribe it. Works on a bunch of stuff.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-03-30 03:46 PM | Reply

HERE's a link to the same report.....

there are other such reports, mostly small studies

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-30 03:53 PM | Reply

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