US President Donald Trump feels "absolutely great" after taking a two-week dose of the hydroxychloroquine malaria drug and will take it again if he believes he is exposed to the coronavirus, a senior White House official said.
Hydroxychloroquine sulfate was first synthesized in 1946 and belongs to a class of drugs that have been used in the past to treat and prevent malaria. It is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, childhood arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
The drug has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of COVID-19, but has been identified as a possible treatment for the infection and the U.S. government has requested immediate availability.
Trump has called hydroxychloroquine a "game changer" drug in the fight against the corona virus.
"I went to him just before I got out of here and I asked him that. And he said," He feels perfect ", he feels" absolutely great "after taking this regime. And he would take it again when he thought he was being unmasked, "White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnaney said Thursday when asked how the US president felt after taking the malaria drug.
Many experts have emphasized the prophylactic use of hydroxychloroquine. Such a paper by Tina Hesman Saey, author at ScienceNews.org, speaks about nearly 200 clinical trials around the world, including 28 with healthcare professionals, she said.
At Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, 3,000 healthcare workers participate. And there is some really great information there about the use of prophylaxis, "said the spokesman.
When asked, McEnany replied that a number of doctors and researchers have advocated hydroxychloroquine. "It is not specific to the President, these doctors. But they only talk about what they saw in general.
For example, Sarah Lofgren, an infectious disease doctor at the medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she tests hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19. And she said: & # 39; & # 39; If we use it alone, we don't see any major problems. Of the thousands of patients, we don't see things some people are concerned about, "she said.
McEnany also said that getting a prescription from a doctor is always important if you want to take hydroxychloroquine.
"Doctors are the ones who have to prescribe this," she said.
"Apart from that, I think part of the exaggeration around this drug, which has been on the market for 65 years – has been approved for use in three other diseases and has been approved for off-label use – if there is a lot Exaggeration that this is unsafe – some of the things I've reported there – is a consequence that prevents people from being recruited for actual clinical trials, "said McEnany.
"I have some quotes from a New York epidemiologist and others who do studies that say they have trouble recruiting people because some of the myths are out there. So it is important to note that this drug is used by millions of people People have been used safely for a long time, "she replied to a question.
After Trump announced earlier this month that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus, a number of Indian-American doctors wrote to the Trump campaign about how useful this malaria drug is in the fight against COVID-19.
Some of them even said that they had taken the drug.
"Hydroxychloroquine is a very safe drug that has been used by millions of people around the world for several decades," said Dr. Suresh Reddy, president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), recently wrote to Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee.
"Personally, some of my friends, including myself, have taken hydroxychloroquine," said Reddy.
In a statement, Mason said Trump has taken unprecedented steps to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
"He quickly took steps to stop traveling from where the virus originated – China," he added.
When he noticed that the unprecedented global pandemic is testing every world leader, he said that nations judge their leaders on a daily basis.
"A pandemic has never been an issue for a global market leader to master, but Trump now has all the facets of the corona virus under control," Mason said.
After Trump repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine as a "game changer" remedy for the virus, the FDA issued a warning message that the drug was not proven to be "safe and effective in treating or preventing COVID-19".
The Trump administration has bought and stored millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine. India, one of the largest manufacturers of the drug, has sent several million doses to the United States as part of its humanitarian gesture.