Trump has Been Taking Hydroxychloroquine For “About a Week and a Half” Despite FDA Warning
President Donald Trump claimed during a discussion that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine which is an antimalaria drug. He says he has been taking the drug for “about a week and a half.” He is taking the drug to prevent coronavirus infection. President Trump is doing this despite the warning issued by the FDA. The agency said that the drug is unproven and should only be given to patients in the hospital. This is because of the possible heart complications the drug can induce.
Fox News's Neil Cavuto is stunned by Trump's announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine: "If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you." pic.twitter.com/e6D5alfAgc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 18, 2020
Trump said about his taking of the antimalaria medication, “I asked [the White House doctor], what do you think? He said if you’d like it. I said yeah, I’d like it. A lot of front-line workers are taking hydroxychloroquine. I don’t take it because — hey, people said oh maybe he owns the company. No, I don’t own the company. I want the people of this nation to feel good. I don’t want them to be sick. And there is a very good chance that this has an impact, especially early on. But you look at front-line workers. You look at doctors and nurses. A lot of them are taking it. As a preventative.
This is a part of the warning from the FDA in regards to heart problems caused by the drug.
“The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin and other QT-prolonging medicines. We are also aware of the increased use of these medicines through outpatient prescriptions. Therefore, we would like to remind health care professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. We will continue to investigate risks associated with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 and communicate publicly when we have more information.”
Neil Cavuto of Fox News was very shocked at President Trump’s admission. He had this to say, “If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment … it will kill you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you.” This story is still developing.