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The Game Changer:
President Trump Was Right,

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Posted By: DVC, 3/23/2020 2:58:31 PM

At Thursday’s White House press briefing, President Trump and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn announced that the FDA has approved the “compassionate use” of the antimalarial drug chloroquine to treat patients infected with Coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”). Under extreme or exigent circumstances, the FDA may permit physicians to medicate patients with experimental drugs. The term “compassionate use” ordinarily refers to dosing a patient with a drug that has not been approved by the FDA for any purpose. Since the 1940s, however, chloroquine has been FDA-approved and safely used to treat and prevent malaria. It has also been used to treat HIV and autoimmune disease. Its side effects are well known


Great news, MSNBC and CNN talking heads will be crying because Trump was right. They just ached to try to 'prove' that he was wrong on this, try to get him "corrected" by Fauci.
Once again, President Trump bashing down roadblocks to keep us all safe, and prevent the bureaucrats from gumming up the works.

Source corrected to site style.  Drop the "The" except for a few two-word sites like The Hill.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 3/23/2020 3:00:51 PM (No. 355397)
A friend works in a hospital. I heard from her husband today. She told him that they had one patient with Wuhan flu that was doing very poorly, and after several days of getting worse, finally the doc tried chloroquine in desperation. The patient was dramatically improved in 24 hours. Let's hope that this works for many/most and we don't see much downside as it is used more. The fact that it has been long used for other health problems makes us confident it is at least safe.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 3/23/2020 3:21:07 PM (No. 355413)
It sounds like this drug, which prevents getting malaria, may also prevent getting Wuhan flu. This would be particularly useful for medical care professionals who have to be exposed to it at a much higher level than the rest of us. I spit in the direction of the NYTimes.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: pros7767 3/23/2020 3:21:51 PM (No. 355414)
In the meantime, the Dems are trying to add fuel emission standards, wind and solar credits to the economic stimulus package for suffering Americans...
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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1 3/23/2020 3:25:20 PM (No. 355415)
Here again is my research proposal. there are tens of tho0usands of old people in the nYC area, already taking hydroxochloroquine for rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune disease. Change the medical privacy laws, which would allow researchers to collect information on those old people taking the medication, from pharmacies and physician's offices, then interview the old people for medical status. at the same time, check the medical records of those who died from Kung flu, in the same age groups. Compare the two numbers. That would indicate the preventive value of the medication.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: john56 3/23/2020 3:30:59 PM (No. 355420)
The biggest side effect of the antimalarials such as chlorquinine and hydroxycholorquine (Plaquenil) is the rare incidence of macular denegeration (eye disease). How that has been dealt with is that patients taking the drug for the long term go get an eye exam prior to therapy and annual eye exams. Usually, they're a waste of time but worthwhile to determine if that rare occurence happens. I'm not sure that is as big of a concern with the short term use of the product in this instance, but hey, we probably should have our eyes checked every now and then just to keep the warranty up to date. In my days in pharmaceutical sales, I remember the words of a wise old doctor ... when you are talking about your patients and side effects (or adverse reactions as is the technical term), there are only two numbers I worry about. 0% and 100%. You either have a reaction or you don't. And whatever steps you can take to stay closer to 0% is always good.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Clinger 3/23/2020 3:32:53 PM (No. 355421)
Hmmm unauthorized logic from #4, expect a visit from the overlords.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: curious1 3/23/2020 3:34:11 PM (No. 355424)
Don't you love how the fedgov bureaucrats 'approve' what a doctor can do? A lot of our problems are caused by government and government control - supposedly to 'protect' us, but in reality to control us and enrich themselves. Lots of fools and imbeciles support big gov.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Highlander 3/23/2020 3:38:48 PM (No. 355431)
What the problem with using the drug, NYT? In a life or death situation, we should take advantage whatever we can of a known remedy for malaria (75 years!) to fix ourselves! I bet the NYT staff would be the first in line to take it when it’s available!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: rochow 3/23/2020 3:49:20 PM (No. 355436)
Glad to see Fauci was missing at the Sunday briefing. Many doctors approve of the malaria drug and patients who used it preferred dealing with side effects if any later on. Fauci can do his 'research' another day! Let our president who is doing a great job deal with the mess the country is in, no thanks to the Chinese.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 3/23/2020 3:58:30 PM (No. 355445)
So when the editors of the NYT come down with the Wuhan virus, I assume they will refuse to be treated with chloroquine ...
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 3/23/2020 4:00:57 PM (No. 355447)
As I noted elsewhere it is perfectly common that doctors use medications off-label, which is to say for diseases for which it was not originally approved. The side-effect profile is well known so one is not entering uncharted territory.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 3/23/2020 4:02:41 PM (No. 355449)
The side effect on eyesight is primarily due to long term use of the drug. That is not required in these cases, treatment for 7 - 10 days. If we were to consider it as a preventative, that may be of more concern but a month or so of use would also probably be low risk. Other risks are transient and minor. There are LOTS of drugs in common use that can cause upset stomach, etc. So there is little to stop the use of this drug, given we have nothing else at the moment. I hope it works gangbusters because of the lives it would save and the suffering it would prevent. It would also be a MAJOR thumb in the eye for media people, especially Madcow. That would be a WONDERFUL side effect. Plus it would also be a poke in the eye of the bureaucrats like Fauci who mumble about clinical trials when people are dying. Manufacturers are providing a lot of it FREE. It would be insane not to use it. Other treatments can be continued at the same time. Within a few weeks, we will have a better idea of its effectiveness. Even a 50% improvement rate would be great, compared to doing nothing else. We have almost nothing to lose and YUGE amount to gain. Trump has made no promises and offers some hope by getting the bureaucracy out of the way. That too is what we need right now, not media hacks.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: janjan 3/23/2020 4:17:46 PM (No. 355465)
First, Fauci is playing politics. Get rid of him now. Second, unless the NYT has a better idea they need to stfu.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 3/23/2020 4:40:19 PM (No. 355481)
Never make the error of assuming that ANYTHING that the NYT prints is intended to 'shed light' or 'provide information', it most decidedly is NOT. All of the content of the NYT is intended to sell the leftist viewpoint, and to politically harm all who oppose it. All of what they wrote was intended to try to harm Trump, or at least knock some gloss off of his excellent work that he is doing. That Trump is showing himself to be a great leader under tremendous pressure angers the Enemedia to their bones. They must be screaming at the TV and computers all the time these days.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: ginadee 3/23/2020 5:13:53 PM (No. 355519)
I hope in the future we treat the Chinese very harshly.
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