Where's the chloroquine?
Where's the drug that showed such promise? Backed by a peer-reviewed study, the one touted by President Trump, the one the FDA was supposed to fast track?
From an earlier CDMedia article: The study [Trump] was referring to is from France. A group of doctors from Marseille and Nice, led by Dr. Didier Raoult, published the study on March 17th. Using hydroxychloroquine, and in some cases, azithromycin, all 20 patients treated in the study showed a significant decrease in “viral load,” and in some cases the virus disappeared entirely.
From the abstract of the French study:
A recent controlled clinical study conducted by Didier Raoult MD/PhD, et al. in France has shown that 100% patients who received a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment.
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Other anecdotal evidence has shown the dramatic efficacy of the drug. Daniel Dae Kim, known for his work on the television show Lost, tested positive for the virus earlier this month. He credited chloroquine for his quick recovery.
Other patients treated with the drug by their private doctors have reported similar experiences. From the New York Post:
Rio Giardinieri, 52, told Los Angeles’ Fox 11 that he struggled with horrendous back pain, headaches, cough and fatigue for five days after catching COVID-19, possibly at a conference in New York. Doctors at the Memorial Regional Hospital in South Florida diagnosed him with the coronavirus and pneumonia and put him on oxygen in the ICU, he told the outlet. After more than a week, doctors told him there was nothing more they could do and, on Friday evening, Giardinieri said goodbye to his wife and three children...Then a friend sent him a recent article about hydroxychloroquine, a prescription drug that’s been used to treat malaria for decades and auto-immune diseases like lupus. Giardinieri said he contacted an infectious disease doctor about the drug...“And I said, ‘Look, I don’t know if I’m going to make it until the morning,’ because at that point I really thought I was coming to the end because I couldn’t breathe anymore,” Giardinieri continued. “He agreed and authorized the use of it and 30 minutes later the nurse gave it to me.”...[W]hen he woke up around 4:45 a.m., it was “like nothing ever happened.”...“To me, there was no doubt in mind that I wouldn’t make it until morning,” said Giardinieri. “So to me, the drug saved my life.”
Even Elon Musk of Tesla fame is on board with chloroquine. So what's the hold up?
No kidding. It's that basic. Forget the sanctity of life. It's about money and politics.
The Bloomberg news service has gone out of its way to trash chloroquine. Read this article--the bias and outright dishonesty is transparent. Forced to admit the existence of the French study, the authors deem it "controversial," "interesting," and "far from definitive."
The Bloomberg authors choose as a rebuttal--get this--a small CHINESE study that concluded that chloroquine is no more effective than standard treatment.
Look at the headline: "Malaria Drug Chloroquine No Better Than Regular Coronavirus Care, Study Finds". This is Fake News, folks. The study that didn't find chloroquine treatment was "statistically significant"? It involved 30 patients, half of whom were given standard treatment. We have no idea how much of the drug was used in the Chinese study, the duration, or if azithromycin was paired with it.
The report on the Chinese study is comical. No discernible data. Further, it's mostly written in Chinese.
I'd sooner trust a fortune cookie.
Theories: Mike Bloomberg has his knickers in a twist over the drubbing he took in the Democratic primaries, and he's pumping out disinformation through his media platform.
Or perhaps he has invested in a company that is working on a vaccine, one that can reap big profits. Such a scheme would implicate him even further. It would certainly explain Bloomberg's chloroquine coverage, which dates back several weeks. Among other articles, "The Search for New Drugs for Coronavirus Faces Long Odds" Bloomberg on March 5th.
The most likely reason is good old politics. If Trump were to step up and beat this virus down quickly, it would be disastrous to Democrats. They will oppose him vigorously.
If you don't believe this is a political football, consider that two Democrat governors have recently banned the use of chloroquine in their states despite having no personal medical experience or expertise. Two days ago, Steve Sisolak of Nevada issued a ban, and he was joined yesterday by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Democrat governors aren't taking action to discourage people from eating aquarium cleaner tablets like the Arizona man who died four days ago. If you're dumb enough to eat from a box marked "POISON: do not ingest", you're not long for this world anyway. No, they're casting shade on a potential cure. Shameless agenda hustling won't save lives, and may well cost many more.
The CBS news program 60 Minutes produced a piece on potential cures for coronavirus, titled "Inside the Race for a Vaccine to Prevent COVID-19". I watched it intently, as it came well after CDMedia's reporting on the subject, as well as after President Trump's mention of the drug in a press conference. To me, this was the litmus test of how MSM would treat chloroquine.
It was mentioned in exactly one sentence that took five seconds to speak.
It couldn't have been more obvious that the producer's instructions were not to speak of the cheap, already approved, and widely available drug, the new c-word, chloroquine.
The full 13-minute segment is not yet available online. It focused on three competing labs, the CBS reporter fawning over their respective work. Someone has to put a friendly face on the wildly profitable drug industry. Who better than America's oldest weekly news program?
Consider the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA was formed in 1906. It's an agency of another big bureaucracy, the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Its oversight is vast.
The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the control and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods & feed and veterinary products.
Like most bureaucracies, it's slow. Despite urging on the part of the president, despite all the positive evidence, the FDA is taking its time with their own study. During a pandemic. While people are panicking and dying.
I understand the need to get it right, and the FDA has approved chloroquine for off-label use by private doctors. That's a good first step. But where's the mass production and distribution? India, a large producer of the drug, has banned the export of chloroquine or any of its ingredients. It's a telling move.
India wants as much as possible once their outbreak spikes upward. They know it works.
Fauci is derelict in his duty. He should take steps toward a cure now, even if, for some reason, the chloroquine/ azithromycin cocktail isn't ultimately the silver bullet for everyone. I believe it is this issue that lies at the heart of the alleged friction between Fauci and Trump.
At worst, we know it's more effective than standard treatment options currently available. At best, we halt or greatly diminish the number of coronavirus deaths. Death drives panic, panic shuts down countries. Shame on Bloomberg, shame on Big Pharma, and shame on the FDA.
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