The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is one of a variety of possible COVID-19 treatments currently being tested, but repeated recommendations from U.S. President Donald Trump have put the drug in the spotlight,media BGR reported. However, limited research suggests that the antimalarial drug can help improve the overall state of some patients. At the same time, limited research has shown that it will have no obvious effect. Then there is anecdotal evidence that some patients believe they survived the hydroxychloroquine treatment. It is worth noting that the abuse and overuse of such drugs have led to deaths.
Some health experts have repeatedly warned that hydroxychloroquine is not a “magic drug”. But even so, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted unusual guidance on the drug on its official website’s new coronavirus page, which can easily be labeled as misinformation. Fortunately, the CDC has now fixed the bug.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘s (FDA) authorization for chloroquine comes just days after it made sense to include the drug in large-scale trials aimed at accelerating the detection of effective COVID-19 therapies. But the CDC released dose information on its website a few days ago, attributed it to anecdotal evidence rather than peer-reviewed research.
“While the optimal dose and duration of hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19 are not clear, some U.S. clinicians have reported on methods of prescribing the drug,” the CDC said on its page. Dr. Jeffrey Collier, chairman of the National Rural Health and Human Services Advisory Board, published an unusual column in the Wall Street Journal last week in which he explicitly cited the dose of the drug. Some people are reported to be trying their own treatment based on information in a column or on the CDC web page.
Some professionals were quick to observe the unusual language used by the CDC in describing hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 cases. “Why does the CDC release anecdote evidence?” President of the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University told Reuters. “It doesn’t make any sense. This is very unusual. “
Dr. Michael Ackerman, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, warned that the drug’s heart-related side effects could lead to sudden death, and that the side effects of the drug could be dangerous for fellow doctors. “What’s most disturbing to me is that when I see not that the political officials say these drugs are safe, i see that the cardiologist snare on the news and the infectious disease expert shydrochloroquine is completely safe, and that there is no mention of this rare side effect,” Ackerman told NBC News.
A few days ago, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci tried to explain to Fox and Friends anchors who continueto tout the alleged benefits of the antimalarial drug in COVID-19 cases. “But back to what you just said, ‘X%’ — I think you’re saying that 37% of doctors think it’s good. We don’t act according to how you feel. The evidence we operate is data,” he said. “So, while there are some suggestions that are related to Dr. Oz’s research just mentioned — assuming there is a suggestion that there is a benefit — I think we have to be careful that we don’t make that great leap, assuming that this is a drug that can help us win.” “
Now, the CDC has removed specific oxychloroquine information from its website. As for the controversial drug, the updated page says: “The FDA does not approve drugs or other therapies that prevent or treat COVID-19.”