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Salvadoran President Says 'Most Leaders' Take Drug

'We have been advised to take' hydroxychloroquine, Nayib Bukele says

(Newser) - El Salvador's president says he's taking hydroxychloroquine—and says most of the world's other leaders are doing the same. "I use it as a prophylaxis. President Trump uses it as a prophylaxis. Most of the world's leaders use it as a prophylaxis," Nayib Bukele... More »

France: This 'Should Not Be Prescribed' for COVID Patients

Country bans use of hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - Another negative headline for hydroxychloroquine: France has banned the use of it as a coronavirus treatment. Politico lays out the timeline leading to the move. After the Lancet on Friday published the results of a worldwide study suggesting that the anti-malaria drug doesn't help patients and may well... More »

WHO Suspends Hydroxychloroquine Trial

Agency says it will 'err on the side of caution'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says it has decided to "err on the side of caution" and suspend a trial of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited a study released last week that found COVID-19 patients who had taken the drug were more likely to... More »

Trump: My Drug Regimen Has Changed

The president talks about his hydroxychloroquine use in a wide-ranging interview

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently said goodbye to hydroxychloroquine. Appearing on the Sinclair Broadcast Group program Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, Trump said his regimen on the controversial drug is complete: "Finished, just finished," he said in the interview that aired Sunday, per USA Today . "And by the... More »

Big Hydroxychloroquine Study Sees No Benefit on COVID

Researchers call for more definitive randomized trials next

(Newser) - A new, worldwide study suggests that hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that President Trump said he's taking to keep from contracting the coronavirus, doesn't help patients and may well harm them. Researchers followed the cases of almost 15,000 patients, given hydroxychloroquine or the similar chloroquine, and compared their... More »

Trump: Hydroxychloroquine Regimen Ends in 'a Day or Two'

President has continued to defend his controversial use of the drug

(Newser) - President Trump has "a day or two" left on hydroxychloroquine, which he's been taking as a preventative measure against coronavirus after White House aides tested positive, he said at the White House Wednesday. "I think it’s two days. Two days," he said, referring to the... More »

Trump's Doctor Releases Letter on Drug Decision

Benefits outweigh the risks, writes Sean Conley, but a host of experts disagree

(Newser) - The fallout from President Trump's revelation that he's taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off the coronavirus continues. On Monday night, Trump unloaded on Fox News, and host Neil Cavuto in particular, after Cavuto slammed Trump's decision to take the drug and warned his viewers, "This will kill... More »

Fox Host on Trump's Drug: 'This Will Kill You'

Critics including Neil Cavuto don't like the example president is setting by taking hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - President Trump's revelation Monday that he's taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off the coronavirus drew sharp criticism from experts, politicians, and a Fox News anchor. "If you are in a risky population and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus—or, in... More »

Trump Says He's Taking Hydroxychloroquine

He says 'a lot of good things have come out' about unproven drug

(Newser) - The FDA has warned against using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside clinical trials or hospitals—but President Trump remains so much of a fan that he's taking it despite not being infected. "A lot of good things have come out about the hydroxy. ... You’d be surprised at... More »

Ousted Official Says Trump Wanted to 'Flood' NY With Drug

Rick Bright has filed a whistleblower complaint

(Newser) - America's fight against the coronavirus has been hindered by incompetence and corruption, according to the ousted head of the government unit in charge of preparing for pandemics. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, filed a whistleblower complaint Tuesday, alleging that he was demoted... More »

2 Newspapers Analyzed Trump's Pandemic Language

'NYT' and 'Washington Post' find that Trump is big on self-congratulations, short on empathy

(Newser) - The New York Times and the Washington Post have both come out with stories this week based on a similar premise: They analyzed all of Trump's coronavirus press briefings—before the president announced he would start skipping them —to look for patterns in his language. The results aren'... More »

Popular Heartburn Drug Is Latest Hope on Virus

Test underway involving active ingredient in Pepcid

(Newser) - Next up in the coronavirus drug parade: Pepcid. More specifically, famotidine, the active ingredient in the popular heartburn drug, reports Science Magazine . Hospitals in New York have begun a test involving COVID-19 patients in which roughly half will receive the drug and the rest will get a placebo, per CNN... More »

2 More Dings Against Drug: an FDA Warning and a Study

Agency cautions hydroxychloroquine should only be used in very restricted settings

(Newser) - The drug once touted by President Trump as a possible "game changer" in the fight against the coronavirus has been the subject of more sobering headlines of late, and the newest one from the Food and Drug Administration doesn't help matters. Per Stat News , the FDA on Friday... More »

Trump Called It a Potential 'Game Changer.' No Longer

A coronavirus panel recommended against hydroxychloroquine's use on Tuesday

(Newser) - The bloom appears to be off the rose when it comes to the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. President Trump has repeatedly touted it as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus, but a yet-to-be-peer-reviewed study released Tuesday found there were more deaths among COVID-19 patients at US veteran hospitals who were... More »

Deaths Higher Among Those Given Hydroxychloroquine

Study on malaria drug has yet to be peer reviewed

(Newser) - A malaria drug widely touted by President Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in US veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with... More »

Feds Charge Doctor Who Cited Trump

Jennings Staley was allegedly selling a 'COVID-19 cure' that included hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - "Guaranteed." That word has gotten San Diego physician Jennings Staley in hot water after he allegedly promoted—and offered to sell—the drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19, CNN reports. Staley had offered the drug on his website (now taken down) and cited President Trump's enthusiasm... More »

Troubling Signs in 2 Drugs Touted by Trump for Virus

Heart problems linked to both in patients with coronavirus

(Newser) - Two drugs that have been promoted by President Trump for use in treating the coronavirus are being linked to heart problems in international research. The Hill reports that a review by France's drug safety regulator turned up 43 "cardiac adverse effects" in COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, typically... More »

CDC Nixes 'Highly Unusual' Wording on Trump-Pushed Drugs

'Why would CDC be publishing anecdotes? That doesn't make sense.'

(Newser) - What Reuters calls "highly unusual guidance" on two drugs President Trump has been pushing to treat the coronavirus has been removed from the CDC site almost as quickly as it went up. The original guidance on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which showed up over the weekend under "Therapeutic Options,... More »

As Trump Pushes Drug for Virus, Friction in White House

Outlets report argument between Fauci, trade adviser Navarro over hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - President Trump over the weekend continued his strong push for the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. "What do you have to lose?" Trump asked both Saturday and Sunday, per the New York Times . He cited "very strong, powerful signs" of its effectiveness, adding,... More »

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