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Monday, April 06, 2020

The debate over using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients rages on, particularly as news emerged that President Trump has stockpiled 29 million doses. The main proponent of using the drug is a doctor, based in Marseille, France, who published a study claiming multiple benefits"which has deeply divided the medical profession and left many skeptical.

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Major Producer of Hydroxychloroquine Once Paid Michael Cohen Hefty Sum for Access to Trump

President Donald Trump on Sunday once again touted the potential life-saving benefits of treating coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine, a powerful anti-malaria drug, despite a dearth of medical professionals or clinical evidence supporting his claims. It just so happens that one of the largest manufacturers of the drug, Novartis, previously paid Trump's now-incarcerated former personal attorney Michael Cohen more than $1 million for healthcare policy insight following Trump's election in 2016.

The Swiss drug maker signed a contract that paid Cohen's newly formed limited-liability corporation Essential Consultants $100,000 per month in February of 2017. After details of the deal were leaked by the now-jailed Michael Avenatti, whose then-client Stormy Daniels was engaged in a legal dispute with the president, the company's CEO issued a public apology saying Novartis "made a mistake" in contracting with the president's personal attorney.

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This is all starting to make sense. As is with Trump 99.99% of the time, all you got to do is follow the money when wondering what his true intent is.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-06 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So in other words declaring a national emergency just meant our president had access to tax payer dollars to provide kickbacks on products we don't even need or want to get us through this crisis.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-06 05:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"President Trump has stockpiled 29 million doses"

He must have a financial interest.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-06 05:37 PM | Reply

This is all starting to make sense.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11

Isn't it, though?

If Trump has a financial interest in COVID-19 treatments, then he also has an interest in making sure the largest possible number of Americans have COVID-19.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-06 05:41 PM | Reply

Yep, Trump has a financial interest.
He loves wasting taxpayer money.

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-04-06 06:14 PM | Reply

... President Trump has stockpiled 29 million doses ...

Yet he didn't stockpile the PPE that was/is/will be desperately needed.

Why is he stockpiling the doses in the first place? Hasn't he said such matters are the responsibility of the states and that they should be bidding against each other?



#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-06 06:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why is he stockpiling the doses in the first place? Hasn't he said such matters are the responsibility of the states and that they should be bidding against each other?
#6 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

See #1 and follow the money.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-06 07:15 PM | Reply

@#7 ... See #1 and follow the money. ...

Sometimes approaching the same unknown from two completely different directions, and asking questions "why?" helps to illustrate the absurdity of what is occurring.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-06 10:38 PM | Reply

It's weird because a lot of the same people down on Trump commenting on a promising drug also promote an autistic 16 year old drop out as an expert on climate change.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-04-06 11:05 PM | Reply

@#9 ... the same people down on Trump commenting on a promising drug also promote an autistic 16 year old drop out as an expert on climate change. ...

Expert? Or someone who is publicly saying what the climate experts say?


There is a distinct and discernible difference.

That aside, I look at the message being conveyed, not the messenger.

So, since you say, "promising drug," why do you say that? What is promising about it?



#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-06 11:47 PM | Reply

Expert? Or someone who is publicly saying what the climate experts say? I'm sure I could find examples of both and I'm sure you could too.

So, since you say, "promising drug," why do you say that? What is promising about it? I'm not a doctor but doctors are prescribing it. (so I'm merely repeating what some experts say) and I've read that many nations are engaged in trials based on some success in China. Too soon to tell it may turn out to be like forsythia in the Contagion movie.

#11 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-04-06 11:58 PM | Reply

@#11 ... doctors are prescribing it. ...

For what purpose? Is it being used for purposes approve by the FDA?

You really need to be a whole lot more specific here.

This is medicine. People live or die.

It is not some political comment.

People live or die.


#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-07 01:02 AM | Reply

Dosing in the only paper I've seen (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) is 3X per day for 10 days.

29 million pills gets you treatment for 3 million people.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-07 01:17 AM | Reply

It's weird because a lot of the same people down on Trump commenting on a promising drug also promote an autistic 16 year old drop out as an expert on climate change.

#9 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Expert? No.

Accurately representing reality? Yes.

You don't have to be an expert to accurately represent reality.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-07 01:19 AM | Reply

Not every expert shares her extreme views, there must be multiple versions of reality.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-04-07 10:59 AM | Reply

#15 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

And that has what to do with Trump, hydroxychloroquine, and his connection to the drug's manufacturer?

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-07 12:07 PM | Reply

Does this count as touting yet?

#17 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-04-07 05:21 PM | Reply

Originally misread the headline as starting with "Trump Care". Might be more accurate.

#18 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-08 01:23 AM | Reply

My favorite fairy tale about this drug is the one that little donnie dollhands tells about the woman who was miraculously cured after her husband went to a pharmacy at 10pm and they sold it to him without a prescription.

#19 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-04-08 09:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

they sold it to him without a prescription.

#19 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-04

I'm sure it happens all the time.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-08 09:26 AM | Reply

I'm sure it happens all the time.

#20 | POSTED BY ZED

You know it does.

Because, as #9 has clearly explained, Greta Thurnbeg.

#21 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-04-08 10:04 AM | Reply

Capitalism at work folks.

We could have used the money to test people and stop the pandemic, but then Trump wouldn't be as rich.

Expect Trump to spend on testing when he can profit from it.

#22 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-04-08 03:26 PM | Reply

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