Monday, April 06, 2020
Amid Fox News' round-the-clock promotion of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential coronavirus cure, renowned biologist Dr. William Haseltine told Fox News host Dana Perino on Monday that it was "irresponsible" to tout the unproven drug and called claims of its miraculous healing powers "complete and utter nonsense."
"It is sad, to me, that people are promoting that drug," Haseltine, known for his HIV/AIDS research, responded. "We know, already, from studies, at best it will have a very mild effect. At very best."
The doctor went on to note that there have been conflicting studies on the drug's efficacy in treating coronavirus, reiterating that even studies showing a positive effect show it to be "very mild." He also said that the drug has been used against other viruses to no effect.
"The thing that makes me sad about that story is some people may take it who are on other medications who have other underlying conditions and may have very serious, even life-threatening consequences," Haseltine declared. "It is not something to take unless a doctor prescribes it."
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