Laura Ingraham Won’t Stop Pushing Hydroxychloroquine
At one point, Donald Trump wouldn’t stop talking about pushing Hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the Coronavirus. He was so committed to the drug that he directed federal agencies to purchase large quantities of the drug in early April.
Clinical trials, though, showed that the drug was not effective in treating the disease and could potentially be harmful. The White House quickly clammed up and stopped talking about the drug. Fox’s Laura Ingraham, though, has continued to relentlessly push Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.
The controversial host’s love affair with the drug began in late March when she posted false information about the drug on her Twitter account. The website threatened to suspend her account if she didn’t delete the message.
Laura Ingraham calls on the FDA and the President to withdraw warnings on Hydroxychloroquine pic.twitter.com/O3U06e6yoA
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 7, 2020
She hasn’t stopped her crusade, though. Ingraham told her viewers on Friday night, “We now have multiple studies across the globe and reports from treating physicians regarding the safety and efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.
The popular Fox personality then made a direct plea to the President, who may have been watching the broadcast:
“Along with hundreds of thousands of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients who’ve been taking the drug for decades without complications. Time for the FDA — the president himself — to pull back on the misguided and unnecessary warning that was issued a few weeks ago.”
Doctors, however, aren’t so sure. Dr. Neil Schluger of Columbia University told Salon, “We don’t think at this point, given the totality of evidence, that it is reasonable to routinely give this drug to patients. We don’t see the rationale for doing that.”