Stephen Hahn, the commissioner for food and medicine (FDA), on Thursday refused to take a definitive stand on whether people should take hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus, instead of deciding between a doctor and a patient.
“We had data that when this drug was combined with others, there was a risk involved. However, the question you are asking is a decision between a doctor and a patient, “Hahn said at NBC’s” Today “exhibition.
“The doctor and the patient have to evaluate the data that is there, the FDA does not regulate medical practice, and that in a private doctor-patient relationship, this is where this decision should be made.”;
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Hydroxychloroquine was ripped back into the news this week President TrumpDonald John Trump Government approval declines as COVID-19 cases Mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 healer in Virginia, senators ask for CDC assistance in coronavirus outbreak at immigrant detention facility MORE doubled its support for the drug, despite medical evidence that calls into question its effectiveness in treating COVID-19 and raises concerns about possible side effects.
“It is safe.” This does not cause problems. I had no problem. I had absolutely no problem, “Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, saying he had been using the drug for 14 days this year. “It didn’t get me, and hopefully it won’t hurt anyone.”
“A lot of doctors think it’s very good, and some people don’t,” he added. “I think it’s become very political.”
The president also praised the doctor who appeared in the video he read this week, who praised the controversial drug as a treatment for COVID-19 and said that people do not have to use masks. The video has since been removed from several platforms due to a misinformation violation.
The president’s speeches appeared in the face of warnings from health officials. Last month, the FDA withdrew the emergency permit based on growing evidence from several studies that show that it is not effective in treating COVID-19 and can have harmful side effects, including heart rhythm irregularities.
“The overwhelming prevalence of clinical trials looking at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine has indicated that it is not effective in coronavirus diseases.” Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment. Pence met with doctors from a viral video containing false allegations of coronavirus, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.