Dr. Yvette Lozano, Battar
The brouhaha on Hydroxychloroquine started when US President Trump promoted it. He was again criticized and accused of “playing doctor.” MSM or Main Stream Media echoed its dangerous side effects. However, despite fears of using the drug, many Doctors in the US still prescribed, until they began having problems my March 2020.
The problem with hydroxychloroquine
The problems Doctors faced was not about the negative side effects of Hydroxychloroquine. Some Doctors alleged that FDA had ceased control of the drug and what used to be easily accessible in the pharmacy was not anymore.
MSM downplays the drug that Trump promoted
Main Stream Media headline highlighted the negative effect of the drug, while “conservative media” echoed the positive effect that the drug can do. Contrary to what CNN, NBC, TIME, CNBC, NY Times, Dailymail had this headline – “Doctors around the world say hydroxychloroquine, is the best treatment they’ve used on coronavirus patients”.
CNN – “Drug Trump touted doesn’t work for very sick coronavirus patients;” left-liberal NY Governor Cuomo who supports late-term abortion also said, “The drug “didn’t really have much of an effect on the recovery rate.”
CNN Health – Study finds no benefit, higher death rate in patients taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19.
NBC – ‘No miraculous recovery’: Some ICU doctors say hydroxychloroquine isn’t helping sickest patients
TIME – a few people who began self-medicating with the drugs in an effort to prevent COVID-19 have died, and others have been hospitalized. These tragedies make clear that because the drug combo isn’t yet approved for treating COVID-19.
CNBC – Deaths and poisonings reported on these drugs. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are known to have serious side effects, including muscle weakness and heart arrhythmia.
NY TIMES – Small Chloroquine Study Halted Over Risk of Fatal Heart Complications. A research trial of coronavirus patients in Brazil ended after patients taking a higher dose of chloroquine, one of the drugs President Trump has promoted, developed irregular heart rates.