May 19th, 2020

Trump and Trump's Cabinet backs up his use of unproven drug to prevent COVID-19

May 19th, 2020 | 612 views

Ø  On Tuesday, President Trump defended his decision of using antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus.

Ø  Referring to a study that found the drug to be potentially lethal, Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House, said it was  “phony investigation.”

Ø  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie defended Trump’s decision, calling it the “right to try president.” They said the drug has been in use to safely treat other diseases for decades.

Ø  FDA has warned against the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, except in a hospital setting or clinical trial, due to potential heart complications.

Ø  Veterans Health Administration study, which Trump referenced, examined over 300 COVID-19 patients to conclude that the drug could be dangerous.

Ø  Trump, however, called it “a false study done where they gave it to very sick people — extremely sick people, people ready to die — given obviously by people who are not friends of the administration.”

Ø  Wilkie also downplayed the study, saying that though the study was conducted by his department, researchers used their data. Moreover, the numbers were not clinically reviewed and the study did not consider how sick the veterans already were.

Ø  Trump, on Monday, revealed that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine for the past few weeks after consulting the White House physician.

Ø  Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump’s decision even though he himself is not taking the drug despite being quarantined. Pence said that his doctor had not recommended the drug. “I’m not taking it but I would never begrudge any American taking the advice of their physician,” the Vice President told Fox News Tuesday.

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Left View

Unproven, Untested, Unsafe: The Re-election Campaign of Donald J. Trump 

President Trump is touting his use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. It’s effectiveness remains unproven. The drug however IS proven to be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal to those with pre-existing heart conditions, and can also cause arrhythmia’s and increase risk of heart attacks for healthy people.

So, why? Why would the President of the United States push a B.S remedy and even start using it himself when it has no true proven benefits? Why is the president taking it now as a preventative measure?

The FDA approved emergency use of the drug by doctors in dire cases. The drug was approved ONLY to be administered by a trained physician in a hospital. In the hospital your heart rate can be constantly monitored for any sign of arrhythmia and the dose changed accordingly.

But the foolishness for the President to be pushing a potentially fatal and unproven drug to treat Coronavirus on the American people is staggering. It is a new intellectual low for the already mentally dragging King of the GOP. His stupid remarks even caused Fox news Host Neil Cavuto to caution his Trumpian heavy viewership that this drug “will kill you” if you are in the risky population.

Trump has even said that it was not his Doctors recommendation. To quote the President: “He didn’t recommend it. I asked him ‘what do you think’ and he said ‘well, if you’d like it’ and I said ‘yeah, I’d like it’”. In that brief bit Trump shows us that he is NOT taking hydroxychloroquine based on his Doctors recommendation, and that he is unable to see that he has surrounded himself by yes men, and cultivated an environment where his Doctor would rather let the President take a dangerous drug then argue with him, causing a Trump sized hissy fit (and risk being fired).

Mr. President, prepare yourself for some fun side effects. Common effects include paranoia, irritability, and fatigue. Loss of vision is also commonly reported, but it would seem to me that the President lost any good vision he had for the U.S.A a long time ago.

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Right Response

Response to "Unproven, Untested, Unsafe: The Re-election Campaign of Donald J. Trump"

Actually the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Hydroxychloroquine doesn't say "dire", Like all EUA's, it allows for doctor discretion and since we are in the middle of a novel viral pandemic with no vaccine, *every* case is potentially "dire". Specifically, an EUA "allow[s] unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by CBRN threat agents when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives".

Wait to long to find out how seriously ill a covid patient might become and it may be too late.

We know from field data that hydroxychloroquine appears to need a narrow, early window for it to be of potential benefit. As for the side effects, every drug has them. Even aspirin can cause terrible side effects (e.g. Steven Jacob's syndrome). Azithromycin and other antibiotics have also been know to cause heart problems and other potentially dangerous side effects. Arguing against using hydroxychloroquine on the basis of serious side effects is disingenuous.

There are currently around 100 hydroxychloroquine clinical trials in progress, with some doctors saying it's use under the current EUA has been helpful while others saying it hasn't. Whether Trump is taking it or not has nothing to do with the general population. You can't get this drug without an Rx anyway.

The drama being raised by the left on this is clearly to make Trump look bad, not to save lives. In fact, many in the press who were outspoken against using hydroxychloroquine backed remdesivir as the "legitimate" drug backed by "serious medical professionals", yet the first major clinical trial to date on remdesivir released 2 weeks ago said the results were disappointing, and that drug has side effects, too. What are they? Liver damage for starters. Plus a range of interactions with other medications. Yet, there is the left preaching remdesivir while bad mouthing hydroxychloroquine. If you would tell me many leftists would actually hope the worst for hydroxychloroquine to spite Trump is believe you. That's how much hate there is.

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Right View

The Left just lost their everloving minds over a non-controversy ... again 

The President did absolutely nothing wrong and I’m confused about why this is a controversy. Isn’t the left always toting the “my body, my choice” line? Doesn’t everyone always stress how important it is to consult your own doctor, make health risk assessments, and make the decision you feel best about? The fact that the media and Democrats are losing their everloving minds about this is simply more evidence that they’ve never had good intentions with regards to President Trump.

Look, it’s not like he’s buying illegal drugs from the black market and shooting them in the Oval Office. He is following through with a decision he made with his physician, and frankly it's a rather harmless decision. The media is practically flinging into our faces the single study that shows evidence that Hydroxychloroquine causes heart damage, but if the President’s doctor didn’t object to the idea, I see no reason to be upset.

But leave it to Nancy Pelosi to escalate the problem. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, she said "As far as the President is concerned, he's our President and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group -- morbidly obese, they say.”

My only response to Nancy Pelosi is “way to fat-shame, Madam Speaker. So much for body positivity.” Also, notice how Democrats are very picky about which science they approve of. For instance, if Greta Thunberg makes unscientific claims about how we have eleven years to fix the environment, we have a national conversation on how she is a hero. But when Trump cites an actual study done by scientists about Hydroxychloroquine back in March, we are forced to talk about how he is killing people and ignoring science.

I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems rather strange that no matter what the media and the Democrats say, it never seems to challenge their prior biases. And in my opinion, that is a sign of intellectual dishonesty. #escapethebubble

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Left Response

Response to "The Left just lost their everloving minds over a non-controversy ... again"

The reason that rational people are upset with Donald J. Trump touting the use of Hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19 is because he is not a trained physician.

It really is as simple as that sometimes.

Would you be supportive if Obama or Hilary Clinton were recommending that people take a potentially fatal drug that has haphazardly been shown to help people in specific cases, and kill many others? I can tell you that I certainly would not, and they would be under the same criticism from me that I am leveling at the current President of the United States.

The drug is meant to be approved by a personal physician in a case by case basis due to its hazardous side effects. These effects, by the way, are well known. As Trump himself said in the white house briefing where he said he was using the drug, it has been around for 40 years treating Malaria and auto-immune disorders. It’s effects, side effects, and issues surrounding the heart are well documented beyond the Study committed by the Veterans Association. This is not nitpicked information, but common knowledge in the M.D community.

That is why the President should leave the drug recommendations to trained physicians. I, for the life of me, cannot understand why he continue to obsess over little things like Hydroxychloroquine. Drop it, and move on. He is obsessed with proving himself right, and covering his tracks for any misinformed comments he makes. Just move on, drop it, and leave the medicine to the medical practitioners.

When Greta Thunberg says we need to take action on climate change, she is not putting anyone’s life at risk. She is motivationally speaking about one of the worst ongoing crises in the world, and encouraging positive action. It has no equivalency to Trump aggressively promoting a drug that can be fatal in certain situations.

And as for Pelosi: Trump has consistently berated and shamed reporters and dissidents, even mocking people with disabilities (that will not be forgotten). So, Pelosi, all the power to you, put the pig in his pen.

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