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Mark Levin Tries To Promote Hydroxychloroquine With Obama Prescription Photo — Fails Completely

Right-wing commentator Mark Levin shared a photo on Twitter promoting hydroxychloroquine. The image is of a prescription bottle labled for former President Barack Obama, and Levin doesn’t say outright what exactly he’s intending to prove. However, social media users piled on to point out a number of logical flaws — the biggest of which may be that it’s not even a hydroxychloroquine prescription.

Obama's 2018 prescription sets Mark Levin fans off
[Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images]

The tweet below from Mark Levin appears to address a classic strawman by proving hydroxychloroquine safe and effective. However, it misses a lot of major points. First, no one is suggesting that the drug isn’t safe and effective for its approved use — prevention of, and treatment for, malaria. (The bottle actually directs the user to start taking it two days before arrival in a malaria-affected area.) Also, the bottle shown didn’t actually contain hydroxychloroquine at all, but atovaquone-proguanil — a different malaria prophylaxis. (Here’s the CDC on some different options for malaria prevention, including both of these.)

Mark Levin tweets Obama bottle
[screenshot via Mark Levin/Twitter]

The tweet went viral over the weekend, and Twitter users piled on to point out how far it missed its mark — whatever exactly that was.

Vox reporter Aaron Rupar pointed out that the only thing the tweet really purported to prove was that the medication has been around a while.

As others pointed out, since the label actually names a completely different medication, it didn’t even reach that low bar.

Others pointed out that even if Obama was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent malaria, this didn’t prove anything about the medication’s safety and efficacy for a virus that didn’t even exist yet at that point.

Also, a lot of people fixed on the creep factor:



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