On Thursday Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to take a definitive position on whether people should take hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus, instead saying the decision should be made between doctor and patient.
“We had data that when this drug was combined with others, there was some risk associated with that. But the question you ask me is a decision between a doctor and a patient,” Hahn said on NBC’s “Today” show.
“Doctor and patient need to assess the data that is there, the FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine, and that in the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship is where that decision should be made.”;
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Hydroxychloroquine was pushed back in the news this week later President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernors’ approval ratings fall as COVID-19 mount Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment as governor of Virginia, senators call for CDC help with coronavirus outbreak in the detention facility of MORE immigrants doubled its support for the drug despite medical evidence questioning its effectiveness as a treatment for COVID-19 and raised concerns about possible side effects.
“It’s safe. It doesn’t cause problems. I had no problems. I had absolutely no problems,” Trump told reporters Tuesday at the White House, referring to his own use of the drug for 14 days earlier this year. “We didn’t take it, and hopefully, it wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
“A lot of doctors think it’s extremely good, and some people don’t,” he added. “I think he became very political.”
The president also praised the doctor who appeared in a video he returned this week praising the controversial drug as a COVID-19 treatment and said people do not need to wear masks. The video has since been removed from many platforms because it violates misinformation policies.
The president’s comments flew in the face of warnings from health officials. The FDA withdrew an emergency authorization last month based on growing evidence from several trials showing that the drug is not effective in treating COVID-19 and could possibly cause harmful side effects, including heart rhythm.
“Highly prevalent clinical trials looking at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is ineffective in coronavirus disease,” Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Gohmert says he will take hydroxychloroquine as a treatment COVID-19 Pence met with doctors from a viral video containing fake coronavirus claims Fauci says a video retweeted by Trump has “a bunch of people coming up with something that is not true “MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Tuesday on “Good Morning America”.