Trump’s comment during a cabinet meeting comes after he revealed on Monday he was taking hydroxychloroquine with zinc daily, with his physician’s approval, as a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus.
However, Trump’s revelation has received criticism by some medical experts.
Even though researchers and hospitals are still using hydroxychloroquine to treat some patients, the FDA has warned against the use of the drug outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial.
“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 [which can cause irregular heart rhythm]. 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,” the FDA wrote in an April 30 statement.
Hydroxychloroquine is used in malaria and autoimmune disease treatment. Trump referred to it as a possible “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19 after some epidemiologists suggested that the drug can be effective against the new virus, if combined with zinc and azithromycin, Sputnik reported.
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