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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 18, 2020

Trump announced Monday that he is currently taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in an attempt to prevent contracting COVID-19. The FDA has published a warning about hydroxychloroquine: The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin and other QT prolonging medicines. We are also aware of increased use of these medicines through outpatient prescriptions. Therefore, we would like to remind health care professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. We will continue to investigate risks associated with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 and communicate publicly when we have more information. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. They are being studied in clinical trials for COVID-19, and we authorized their temporary use during the COVID-19 pandemic for treatment of the virus in hospitalized patients when clinical trials are not available, or participation is not feasible, through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The medicines being used under the hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine EUA are supplied from the Strategic National Stockpile, the national repository of critical medical supplies to be used during public health emergencies. This safety communication reminds physicians and the public of risk information set out in the hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine healthcare provider fact sheets that were required by the EUA. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause abnormal heart rhythms such as QT interval prolongation and a dangerously rapid heart rate called ventricular tachycardia. These risks may increase when these medicines are combined with other medicines known to prolong the QT interval, including the antibiotic azithromycin, which is also being used in some COVID-19 patients without FDA approval for this condition. Patients who also have other health issues such as heart and kidney disease are likely to be at increased risk of these heart problems when receiving these medicines.

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What an idiot!!

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-18 05:50 PM | Reply

trumps lying.

#4 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-05-18 05:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

trumps lying.

Were his lips moving again?

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-18 05:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is where Trump's sick pride takes him.

He's going to end up making even more people sick, for piss poor example.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 05:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I wonder how that will mix with his high blood pressure, cholesterol and Valtrex prescriptions and his Adderall addiction.

#7 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-18 05:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

trumps lying.

#4 | Posted by Alexandrite

I can see this. Talk is cheap and actually taking the drug implies some risk.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 05:53 PM | Reply

If Trump is actually taking this drug, does he actually have a prescription for it?

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 05:55 PM | Reply

Next week he will say he is injecting bleach. There is no bottom to the vat of lies.

#10 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-18 05:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

In PNAC terms, this feels like a Dancing Bananas Level Event.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 05:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Next week he will say he is injecting bleach.

#10 | Posted by bored at

Bleach whitens, after all.

Nuff said.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 05:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I'll believe it when i see it.

#13 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-05-18 05:59 PM | Reply

Trump's not taking it. He's trying to drive up the stock price. He bought a ---- load. Trump doesn't give a rat's pitoot about those that take his word as gospel. ----, he'd throw his base out of Mar-a-Lago if they can't pony-up $200K. He despises his base. If he can pocket a few bucks off their corpse it's worth it.

#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2020-05-18 06:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#1 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Why don't you go try taking some for a week and get back to us.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-18 06:05 PM | Reply

So you believe Trump is taking this on his own?

His Doctors were not involved and are not monitoring?

Hey, if it is as dangerous as some leftists believe, they should be happy Trump is taking it.

Would be interested to know how many members of Congress are also taking it.

#16 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-05-18 06:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Hydroxychloroquine and buckets of hamberders a week.

Sure to be a winning combination.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-18 06:16 PM | Reply

So you believe Trump is taking this on his own?
#16 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

No, I believe he is lying.

#18 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-18 06:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

OMG!!!! Trumplethinskin has lupus!!!! That explains the make-up!!! He has a disease affecting mostly women and lacks the nads to admit it.

image.slidesharecdn.com

Bad enough the emperor has no clothes... but he has a rash too.

#19 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-05-18 06:24 PM | Reply

Trump's not taking it. He's trying to drive up the stock price. He bought a ---- load.

#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent

Makes perfect sense.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 06:28 PM | Reply

Here is is talking about how people with lupus don't seem to be getting sick!!
www.forbes.com

He probably feels invinceble.

republicl0wns are such spineless wimps... wee wee wee all the way home.

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-05-18 06:35 PM | Reply

So you believe Trump is taking this on his own?

You believe he's taking it?

#23 | Posted by rcade at 2020-05-18 06:41 PM | Reply

#22 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

If he gets sick, he'll lie about that.

#24 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 06:43 PM | Reply

"Asked if the White House doctor recommended he begin taking hydroxychloroquine, Trump demurred."

www.cnn.com

#25 | Posted by rcade at 2020-05-18 06:43 PM | Reply

If he gets sick, he'll lie about that.

#24 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2020-05-18 06:43 PM | REPLY

absolutely.

#26 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-05-18 06:44 PM | Reply

Taking hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine has serious side effects, per multiple medical experts.

"The drugs also cause a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations, including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation."

www.mdmag.com

#27 | Posted by rcade at 2020-05-18 06:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For those who believe he's taking it because he said he's taking it, Trump told his doctor what to write in the December 2015 letter declaring Trump "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

www.npr.org

"He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter. I just made it up as I went along." -- Trump personal physician Harold Bornstein

If he'd lie about that, he'd lie about taking this drug.

#28 | Posted by rcade at 2020-05-18 06:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The drugs also cause a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations, including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation."

He's been showing most of those symptoms his entire life.

#29 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-05-18 06:56 PM | Reply

Taking hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine has serious side effects, per multiple medical experts.

"The drugs also cause a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations, including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation."

This actually might explain a few things; maybe he is taking it.

#30 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-05-18 06:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And of course if he doesn't contract the virus, he'll claim that this was the reason why, even if he was lying about taking it, which would be just the sort of thing a con-man would do.

OCU

#31 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-18 06:59 PM | Reply

If Trump is actually taking this medication he has the Coronavirus.

No one takes it as a preventative measure for the coronavirus they only take it if they already have it.

#32 | Posted by Tor at 2020-05-18 06:59 PM | Reply

#27 and #30 I agree with horst here. maybe he is taking it. they symptoms of drug poisoning and trumps behavior are hard to distinguish.

#33 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-18 07:01 PM | Reply

Trump's not taking it. He's trying to drive up the stock price. He bought a ---- load. Trump doesn't give a rat's pitoot about those that take his word as gospel. ----, he'd throw his base out of Mar-a-Lago if they can't pony-up $200K. He despises his base. If he can pocket a few bucks off their corpse it's worth it.

#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2020-05-18 06:00 PM | Reply

Boom. Trump in a nut s----.

And what Zed said about his pride. My God, he's one warped individual, and he's becoming increasingly desperate. I would not be surprised if he does something violent.

#34 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-18 07:12 PM | Reply

I would not be surprised if he (Trump) does something violent.

#34 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-18 07:12 PM

I've seen someone like Trump very close up. It wouldn't surprise me, either.

#35 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-18 07:16 PM | Reply

This might not be the best thread to bring this up, but I've been thinking about this more and more lately. I feel a tinge of pity for Trump. He's so batsh** crazy and lonely and weird that he must be a miserable person.

He puts up a facade of toughness, patriotism and superiority, but if you could ever get him to tell the ---- truth about himself to a shrink, you'd get mostly self-doubt, fear and sadness. I bet he'd be crying about how nobody ever really loved him. He could never live up to his father's expectations. He's never done as well in business, or anything really, as he has claimed. He's paid for sex with porn stars. He's bragged about what he can do because of wealth and supposed status. He has spent most of his life putting other people down. Shallow. Because he's empty inside.

#36 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-18 07:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

great! he should take as much as he wants.

#37 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-05-18 07:25 PM | Reply

great! he should take as much as he wants.

#37 | Posted by e1g1

If he is, which is doubtful, he's ignoring multiple studies that indicated no efficacy against COVID-19, but evidenced serious heart damage and other side effects.

My bet is on 'he's lying' again. If he's actually taking it, it's one more notch in Tillerson's "he's a f-ing moron" belt.

#38 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-18 07:30 PM | Reply

"The drugs also cause a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations, including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation."

www.mdmag.com

#27 | Posted by rcade at 2020-05-18 06:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

So what you're saying is that Orange Adolph's been taking this crap since he became POTUS, because those symptoms look like just another day in Drumpf World.

#41 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-18 07:54 PM | Reply

#36. Nah. I think he likes it. He's only happy when he's making other people miserable.

#45 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-18 08:31 PM | Reply

I have taken hydroxychloroquine and quinine on deployments. I never had any side effects. No one would take them unless they needed them. Those pills are so bitter they gave me chills until I could get the taste out of my mouth. The quinine was for malaria prevention, the HCQ was to lessen susceptibility to some other nasty diseases. Ding was the one that put the fear of God in me. One guy in my unit got what is other wise called Break-bone fever. They eventually put him in an induced comma, or so I heard.
Remember, when they get ready to market a drug, who do they use in human trials to report side effects? If homeless guy with serious mental problems make it in to be in a study. What ever side effect he reports is put on the list of side effects. Not long ago labs used to use college students, but they got too expensive to use, so they started using the poor and you can't get more poor than being homeless. ----, all you need is an ID and they generally don't check that too close. Show up for a physical, if selected, a room with a TV,(They tend to use vacant rest homes), half a chance you will not get any drug if your selected to be in the control group. Free food, TV, shower, bed and medical care for 3 to 7 days plus about $100 a day, usually paid in cash. "Agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal idealization sounds too common a side effect in the current PDR. Seems those complaints are very common to large percentage of the homeless as Carter ensured that the rights of the patients was far more important than their physical welfare. He might freeze on the street, but his rights are respected.

#46 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-18 08:38 PM | Reply

"I never had any side effects."

You're 80% disabled.

#47 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 08:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Does Trump know this is one of the possible side effects?:

Hair loss/color change

#48 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-18 08:42 PM | Reply

"Hey, if it is as dangerous as some leftists believe, they should be happy Trump is taking it."

Thoughts and prayers!

#49 | Posted by dibblda at 2020-05-18 08:45 PM | Reply

@#36 ... Because he's empty inside. ...

While I do not necessarily agree with each of the points you cite, I cannot disagree with the conclusion you arrived at.

And if you had posted in the 1990's that citizen Trump was empty inside, I would have agreed with your conclusion back then also.

I am seeing what happens when someone, who I had thought had a vacuous character, is enabled and amplified by the Oval Office.

The Oval Office does not make the person. The Oval Office magnifies who and what the person is.

For better or worse.



#50 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-18 08:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope Trump is taking it under doctor's orders and is being monitored:

Taking hydroxychloroquine long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye. Stop taking hydroxychloroquine and call your doctor at once if you have trouble focusing, if you see light streaks or flashes in your vision, or if you notice any swelling or color changes in your eyes.

www.everydayhealth.com

#51 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-18 08:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For once Trump isn't lying. He's taking out stripper and new pandemic adviser Foxy 'Dydroxy Chloro, Queen of the Dime Pickup Trick.

Flight Risk is mortified yet again.

#52 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-18 08:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Another tax on the Trumpers. Let's see if Faux Snooze pumps it too. How's the stock doing?

#53 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-18 08:56 PM | Reply

"Taking hydroxychloroquine long-term or at high doses may cause irreversible damage to the retina of your eye."

He already looked directly into a solar eclipse, so you can cross that one off the bucked list of President Donald J. TRUMP.

#54 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-18 09:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I had a family member that was told she had Lupus and prescribed Plaquenil which is Hydroxychloroquine. She had to have an eye exam before the first pill and every six months after beginning the prescription because it can cause irreparable damage to your vision. Thankfully she was only on these pills a little over a year and they decided to ween her off of them and onto something different. The cost fluctuated wildly as well due to availability. Some months she would pay $27 and others it would be just over $200.

#55 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2020-05-18 09:01 PM | Reply

Phil Williams @NC5PhilWilliams

President Trump taking really tough questions about his firing of the IG at Mike Pompeo's request, then he suddenly volunteers that he's taking hydroxychloroquine - and you can hear the entire news cycle veering down that road.

And here come the push alerts!!!

twitter.com

#56 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-18 09:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

" I hope Trump is taking it under doctor's orders and is being monitored"

Yeah, is there really any question about whether any politician for the federal government is getting 24/7 personal medical care and monitoring?

He could also be taking a dose so small that both he and his doctors know it wouldn't have any significant effects.

#57 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-05-18 09:13 PM | Reply

And here come the push alerts!!!

Did a celebrity die?!
~Gracie

#58 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-18 09:18 PM | Reply

#52 CORKY

Good question, is he making Melania and Pence take it as well?

For the record I also doubt he's taking hydroxychloroquine. why would he take that drug if he isn't infected? Perhaps there have been two lies buried inside of one..

#59 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-05-18 09:20 PM | Reply

No way is trump taking this medication.
He's afraid of his own shadow.
I call BS.

#60 | Posted by Docman at 2020-05-18 09:29 PM | Reply

@#51 .... I hope Trump is taking it under doctor's orders and is being monitored: ...

@#60 ... No way is trump taking this medication ...

I'd propose a scenario in which Pres trump requested (~demanded~) from the WH medical staff that he be "treated" with the drug.

So, yes, the medication he receives may be under doctor's orders.

However, to #60, I would not be surprised if the WH medical staff prescribed a placebo pill and not the drug Pres Trump demanded to be given.

imo, of course...


#61 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-18 09:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump is a moron who can't admit mistakes or bad judgement. He is lying to save face which is even stupider than just admitting he was full of crap from the jump!

#62 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-05-18 09:40 PM | Reply

"The drugs also cause a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric manifestations, including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation."
www.mdmag.com
#27 | Posted by rcade

Sounds like he has been on this drug for years!

#63 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-05-18 09:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Medical Advice? Never heard of him.
-Donald "Dr J" Trump

#64 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-18 11:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Catatonia would be an improvement. How much speed is this beast taking?

#65 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-05-19 01:21 AM | Reply

Trump is a pathological liar so he doesn't need an excuse for anything he says. It only has to serve a purpose for the moment he says it.

WE can only go by proven facts. We know, for instance, that in March Trump was in physical contact with Brazilian communications secretary, Fabio Wajingarten, who shortly thereafter tested positive.

We know, from photo evidence, that neither Trump nor the Brazilian diplomats wore face masks as they dined and socialized together at Mara-a-Lago.

We know Covid-19 is highly contagious and can be transmitted easily through the air by normal spittle.

As inconclusive as our scant evidence is, there is a lot of likelihood that he, Trump, was infected during that March assembly with Brazilians. (Which leads to another conclusion that he, Trump, inadvertently infected his own valet).

The timeline seems to fit. Also, Trump could be lying about one thing (his weekly test, for example) and telling the truth about another. If he, Trump, has the disease he is certainly taking hydroxychloroquine under the care of his White House physicians who are using the EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) as justification.

#66 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-19 02:43 AM | Reply

If Trump dies suddenly perhaps it needs to be a closed-casket ceremony so mourners won't be infected?

#67 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-19 08:20 AM | Reply

There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic. I guess they shouldn't ether.

#68 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-19 08:38 AM | Reply

There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic. I guess they shouldn't ether.

#68 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Really? There are many? You know this how?

And who cares. The trials showed it wasn't effective so all you're doing is saying some doctors are idiots.

#69 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-19 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The only person who makes ---- up more than Docnjo is his cult leader.

Imagine for a moment that Barack Obama promoted a questionable (at best) drug treatment produced by a company in which he held a financial interest in the midst of a pandemic.

#70 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-19 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Serious question: I thought hydro was taken if you actually had COVID, and weren't responding to other treatments. I didn't think it was preventative.

Do I think Trump is taking it....no. The man was actually having a conversation about Germany and noted his father was born there. He says crap that just enters his head without thinking, diarrhea of the mouth.

Either way - taking it nor not taking it - he looks like a complete fool.

#71 | Posted by brass30 at 2020-05-19 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic."

No there aren't, Donald Trump just said that to justify his statement that he was taking it which is very doubtful. If there are "many physician taking this drug right now" then post a link to any credible source, Donald Trump is not a credible source.

#72 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-19 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic. I guess they shouldn't ether.

#68 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Not in the US.

#73 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-19 11:40 AM | Reply

There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic. I guess they shouldn't ether.

Posted by docnjo

Says Trump.

Hydroxychloriquine isn't approved by the FDA to be used prophylactically for COVID-19. Any doctor caught using it that way would be in some serious trouble.

Let these 'many people' come forward and ID themselves. Don't expect it to happen because Trump's a liar.

#74 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-19 11:49 AM | Reply

Nine Questions for the White House Physician on the President's Use of Hydroxychloroquine

1. Sean Conley, the chief White House physician, states that he has discussed hydroxychloroquine with Trump without explicitly saying that he has prescribed the medication. Is Trump's statement that he is taking the drug true?

2. If it is not true that Trump's is taking the drug, why has Dr. Conley lied in violation of FDA guidelines, medical standards, ethics and professionalism? Who instructed or encouraged him to lie?

3. The 25th Amendment was passed in part because the White House physician for President Franklin D. Roosevelt covered up his debilitating heart disease. Is Dr. Conley violating the spirit of that constitutional amendment?

4. What is the complete medical record of Donald Trump that might put him at risk of dangerous side effects in taking the drug? More specifically, does Trump have any history of heart trouble or disease, or any other medical condition that would make it dangerous for him to take this drug?

5. Conley's memo states: "After numerous discussions ... we concluded the potential benefit from the treatment outweighed the relative risks." The use of "we" in this sentence is notable. Is Dr. Conley saying that he would not have recommended use of the drug? In other words, is Dr. Conley hiding that Trump's views outweighed the physician's sound medical advice of the risks? Why did it take numerous discussions?

6. If it is true that Trump is taking this drug, why has Dr. Conley knowingly prescribed a drug that the FDA and other authorities have determined is potentially fatal, and, moreover, whose beneficial effects on treating COVID-19 are unproven? Why has Dr. Conley prescribed a drug possibly risking the life of the president and in violation of FDA guidelines, medical standards, ethics, and professionalism?

7. The drug, in any case, even though unproven, according to its unscientific advocates is supposed to be given only to those suffering from COVID-19, not as a prophylactic. Does Trump have COVID-19?

8. Whether Dr. Conley has told the truth or lied"either way"will his actions be reviewed and held to account by the Department of Defense given that he is a military officer? Will he be brought before appropriate state medical boards that licensed him?

9. Medical researchers have concluded that hydroxychloroquine may cause neuropsychiatric symptoms, "including agitation, insomnia, confusion, mania, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, catatonia, psychosis, and suicidal ideation." Has Dr. Conley properly assessed his patient, President Trump, for his susceptibility to these symptoms? Since Trump has been taking the drug has Dr. Conley observed that it has produced or exacerbated any of these symptoms in President Trump?

Good questions all.

#75 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-19 01:24 PM | Reply

So Trump's infected.

Noted.

#76 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-19 03:07 PM | Reply

There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic.
#68 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

I mean, I'm willing to believe there are doctors facing potential exposure to malaria in Africa, taking this as a prophylactic...
Was that what you were referring to?

#77 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-19 03:30 PM | Reply

Notably, though the FDA warns against its use outside of a hospital setting, the agency is allowing frontline workers to use hydroxychloroquine as part of controlled, clinical trials.

Dr. William W. O'Neill, leading one of the largest studies of the drug's use as a potential preventative medication, has said safe studies are necessary to determine the medication's potential.

The randomized, double-blinded study he's overseeing is a 3,000-subject look at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit at whether hydroxychloroquine prevents front-line workers from contracting the COVID-19 virus.

"We are not involved in politics; we are scientists," Dr. O'Neill, a world-renowned interventional cardiologist and researcher, said on May 8.

"This is a drug that has been used safely for more than 70 years to prevent malaria and treat other issues like lupus, with the potential to have active effect on COVID-19," O'Neill said, a sentiment Trump echoed Monday at his surprise announcement. "We owe it to people -- particularly front-line workers -- to scientifically determine if it works."

O'Neill also said that whether it works, "having those results produced in a scientific manner moves us toward the goal of knowing how to protect our frontline workers."

Other countries including Spain and Brazil have also launched large scale studies for front-line workers testing hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness in preventing the virus.

Currently, there are no FDA-approved preventative medications or vaccines for COVID-19.

ABC News' Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.

This report was featured in the Tuesday, May 19, 2020, episode of "Start Here," ABC News' daily news podcast.

#78 | Posted by homerj at 2020-05-19 04:51 PM | Reply

RSTY @ #76

"So Trump's infected."

It would appear so. Dr. Conley made that clear: " "After numerous discussions ... we concluded the potential benefit from the treatment outweighed the relative risks."

Was one of those "risks" involve traveling to Arizona for a campaign rally?

#79 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-19 08:54 PM | Reply

GOP lawmaker says his entire family is taking hydroxychloroquine

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) revealed that he and his entire family are taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine "prophylactically" to ward off the coronavirus despite limited evidence from the medical community.

Marshall, an obstetrician who is running in the state's heated Republican primary for an open Senate seat, told The Wall Street Journal that he was "relieved" to hear President Trump has also decided to take the drug as a preventative measure.

"I would encourage any person over the age of 65 or with an underlying medical condition to talk to their own physician about taking hydroxychloroquine and I'm relieved President Trump is taking it," he said.


thehill.com

#80 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-19 08:56 PM | Reply

GAL

"Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) revealed that he and his entire family are taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine "prophylactically" to ward off the coronavirus despite limited evidence from the medical community."

Prophylactically? Despite limited evidence from the medical community?

Yeah, sure he is ~ LOL

#81 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-19 09:46 PM | Reply

Maybe he should have worn a prophylactic when he caught it. (from whomever)

#82 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-20 02:41 AM | Reply

#69 | Posted by jpw www.sermo.com

#83 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-20 08:41 AM | Reply

""I would encourage any person over the age of 65 or with an underlying medical condition to talk to their own physician about taking hydroxychloroquine and I'm relieved President Trump is taking it," he said."

Of course, that is what the anti-science party does. He should have to post that message in any medical facility he ever works in again. No patient should be treated by a doctor who rejects science without notification. I would never allow a physician to advise me to take medications without the approval of the medical and scientific communities.
I've heard in reports that taking that drug can induce heart attacks, good luck with that Donald.

#84 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-20 08:57 AM | Reply

DOCNJO

If that link is your rebuttal to JPW's #69, it doesn't back your claim that, "There are many physicians taking this drug right now as a prophylactic."

It says that there are a lot of physicians prescribing the drug under certain clinical conditions but not a word about taking it themselves.

Maybe I missed it. Can you point it out?

#85 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-20 09:07 AM | Reply

#85 Twin, I read an article yesterday at Townhall that cited a survey done by Jackson & Coker which made that claim. I won't link to it, but you can find it if you are interested in seeing what many Trump supporters are reading and believing.

#86 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-20 09:15 AM | Reply

"Twin, I read an article yesterday at Townhall that cited a survey done by Jackson & Coker which made that claim. I won't link to it, but you can find it if you are interested in seeing what many Trump supporters are reading and believing".

Thanks, GAL but I don't want to get caught in that misinformation trap either.

DOCNJO should read Tuesday's Nooner.

#87 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-20 09:42 AM | Reply

#85 | Posted by Twinpac If you had read the article, a quarter of phyicians are ADVOCATING the use among health care workers.

#88 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-20 10:42 AM | Reply

DOCNJO

OSHA gives a broad definition of healthcare workers but you specifically said "there are many physicians taking this drug right now as prophylactic."

Now you say "advocating for" which different than your original statement.

Make up your mind.

#89 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-20 11:13 AM | Reply

Trump says a lot of things.
Almost none of which are true...

#90 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-05-20 12:03 PM | Reply

Trump announced Monday that he is currently taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in an attempt to prevent contracting COVID-19.

Does he take it with an Adderall chaser?

#91 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-05-20 12:05 PM | Reply

#89 | Posted by Twinpac People who are advocating something are usually participants. ----, if it doesn't hurt, it might help.

#92 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-20 12:48 PM | Reply

----, if it doesn't hurt, it might help.
#92 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Ever wonder how you got disabled?
This is how.

#93 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-20 01:00 PM | Reply

#93 | Posted by snoofy, Nope.

#94 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-20 05:15 PM | Reply

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