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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death. Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums). Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Trump says all travel from Europe to the U.S. suspended for 30 days effective Friday at midnight, adds restrictions will not apply to the UK. Live updates: reut.rs read more

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Trump is guilty of all the charges made in the Impeachment documents and far, far, more. Republicans are guilty, too, of assisting, enabling, protecting, and covering up his unethical and criminal acts every way possible. This is the only conclusion a reasonable human can reach based on the action of the Republican controlled Senate. This explains why McConnell can say "We're running this just like the Clinton impeachment proceedings" when the rules proposed are nothing like the Clinton impeachment hearings. read more


Enough people got the wrong message from Trump's repeated words and tweets to force the CDC into publishing a level 2 advisory on it. Why? Exact same chemical name, the difference is one is "pharmaceutical" grade and the one this couple took was labeled "ornamental fish only."

No one's said the people were smart or that they weren't irresponsible. I can, in context of Trump's snake-oil salesman persona, see where they're coming from. If you use this chemical to get rid of parasites (ich) on your fish, and the President says (b)ut the nice part is, it's been around for a long time, so we know that if it " if things don't go as planned, it's not going to kill anybody. and their fish are fine then surely it has to be near enough the same. If it doesn't hurt the tiny fish and helps them, why would it hurt humans?

There are enough people out there, and people are worried, that irresponsible language and promises made by the President of the United States can become deadly. As in this case. Not to mention other issues with his words. For instance:

*Shortages of the drug are endangering patients who need it for lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

*India, a major producer, has banned exports, and some doctors are hoarding both drugs by writing prescriptions for themselves or family members.

*Deaths in Nigeria among people self-treating for apparent COVID-19 were attributed to chloroquine overdoses, and an Arizona man trying to avoid COVID-19 infection died after reportedly self-medicating with a toxic form of chloroquine used to clean fish tanks.

*Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a staunch Trump ally, ordered that nation's military labs to ramp up production of chloroquine. Panic buying has ensued.



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