France Is Reporting Heart Problems In Patients Who Used Drug Trump Is Promoting As ‘Game-Changer’
A drug that President Donald Trump has frequently touted as a possible “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus is showing alarming signs of possibly being dangerous for a number of patients in France.
According to reporting from Bloomberg, there have been at least 43 cases in which individuals who were given the drug hydroxychloroquine later developed severe heart problems.
About 100 incidents in total, where experimental treatments were given to patients in that country to help combat coronavirus, have been documented as resulting in serious health side effects for them. More examples may exist, as these are just the documented instances.
Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that one questionable study has suggested may help patients with symptoms of coronavirus to recover from it. That study has had many criticisms, however — it lacked, for example, a “control” group to compare rates of recovery in patients who weren’t given the drug.
France reports 43 cases of heart incidents linked to treating coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug President Trump repeatedly touted as a potential “game changer” https://t.co/DWBaiGbXFf
— Bloomberg (@business) April 10, 2020
The drug itself comes with rare but potentially harmful side effects. In addition to heart rhythm changes and other sometimes-fatal instances of heart failure, hydroxychloroquine can also result in blurred vision or other possibly permanent eyesight problems, as well as an increase in thoughts of suicide.
In spite of these warnings, Trump has touted the drug many times over the past few weeks, often claiming it could help people, leaving out the side effects mentioned above in his praise of the treatment plan.
“I hope they use hydroxychloroquine…I hope they use it because, I tell you what, what do you have to lose?” Trump said of the drug recently.