Coronavirus Treatment: FDA Issues Emergency Authorization Of Trump-Backed Anti-Malaria Drugs

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

Combining hydroxychloroquine with the antibiotic azithromycin has been in the spotlight since French researcher Didier Raoult published two studies that he said showed the treatment's effectiveness against COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration in the United States on Tuesday, March 31, approved the use of chloroquine on patients suffering from Covid-19.

The malaria drugs have been touted by President Donald Trump, who hopes the drugs can help those hospitalized with coronavirus treatment. "Hydroxychloroquine is being administered to 1,100 patients, people in NY along with the Z-pack, which is azithromycin, and it is very early yet". Last week, Trump said that the drug could be a "gift from God". "Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine", he tweeted Saturday.

He said he has been treating coronavirus patients for over a week in Kiryas Joel, a NY village, and that none of those he has so far managed has died.

France's drug safety agency warned on Monday of potentially serious side effects of treatments being tested against the new coronavirus after the deaths of three people possibly linked to self-medication.

In a statement, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the FDA has "issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to allow hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate products donated to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible".

Other companies, including Bayer and Teva, have also agreed to donate hydroxychloroquine or similar drugs, while Gilead Sciences is testing an experimental drug, remdesivir, against coronavirus, Reuters reported.

However, it noted that clinical trials are needed to provide scientific evidence of their effectiveness and that there are now no approved treatments for CCP virus.

"Not only is our state's top leader threatening the selfless health care workers who are on the frontline trying to save lives, but she's denying possible life-saving medications to actual COVID-19 victims", the op-ed said. The number of deaths in NY state due to the coronavirus outbreak has crossed the 1,000 mark, with Governor Cuomo warning that thousands of people will pass away before the crisis ends in America's current COVID-19 epicentre.

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