President Trump is Now His Own Physician

Doctor Trump

As CNBC reports, President Trump is actually taking hydroxychloroquine:

President Donald Trump said Monday that he has been taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for over a week to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is not yet a proven treatment.

“I happen to be taking it,” Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House. “A lot of good things have come out. You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers. Before you catch it. The front-line workers, many, many are taking it.”

He added: “I’m taking it, hydroxychlororquine. Right now, yeah. Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Cause I think it’s good, I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”

Hydroxychloroquine, which has been repeatedly touted by Trump as a potential game-changer in fighting the coronavirus, is also often used by doctors to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Numerous clinical trials are looking to see if it’s effective in fighting the coronavirus, but it is not a proven treatment yet.

Trump’s comments come weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the drug, saying it became aware of reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients with the virus who were treated with the malaria drugs, often in combination with antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as a Z-Pak.

The Food and Drug Adminstration has WARNED AGAINST TAKING hydroxychlororquine for treating coronavirus. At least two different studies have found that the drug is useless in combatting COVID-19, but that’s not why this is such a risky proposition. As The Washington Post reported on Friday:

Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the Trump-backed drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients. Evidence showing the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating covid-19 has been scant. Those two developments pushed the Food and Drug Administration to warn against the use of hydroxychloroquine outside of a hospital setting last month, just weeks after it approved an emergency use authorization for the drug.

Alarmed by a growing cache of data linking the anti-malaria drug to serious cardiac problems, some drug safety experts are now calling for even more forceful action by the government to discourage its use. Several have called for the FDA to revoke its emergency use authorization, given hydroxychloroquine’s documented risks. [Pols emphais]

In short, President Trump is now taking a dangerous drug with potentially deadly side effects to treat a virus that has not infected him. Apparently this is a better risk than just admitting that he was wrong about hydroxychloroquine.

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Utah embraced an unproven Covid-19 drug, then raced to course-correct

    The saga of the drugs’ rise and fall in Utah, pieced together from documents STAT obtained through a public records request, provides a case study of what happens when hope and excitement about therapies outpace the evidence. It underscores the pressure officials felt to demonstrate they were on top of the response, even as such efforts sowed confusion among the medical community and led them into initiatives they came to regret. And, mirroring the hydroxychloroquine debate in the Trump administration, it shows how experts scrambled to inject restraint and plead for leaders to follow evidence at a time when promises of easy remedies were more enticing.

    When, for example, the Utah Medical Association issued a bulletin to physicians, since rescinded, that suggested the state was recommending hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for Covid-19 patients, the state epidemiologist wrote to others in the health department, “I disagree with this approach.” A top infectious disease specialist at the University of Utah was more blunt, sending a message with only “WTF?????”

    In Utah, the hydroxychloroquine hype reached the public on March 20, at a press conference at the state Capitol. A group of policymakers and health professionals reassured people that they’d begun working on ways to get patients chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. They cast their efforts as a reason for hope, while glossing over the concerns experts were raising about the medications as Covid-19 therapies. The drugs, Stuart Adams, the president of the state Senate, said, “may help bend that curve and keep people out of hospitals.”

    Other speakers at the event carried the same message. Dan Richards, a pharmacist, suggested the drugs contributed to South Korea’s success in stemming its outbreak. Kurt Hegmann, a physician, made the comparison to Lazarus, and Marc Babitz, the deputy director of the state health department, delivered his comments about the quality of evidence. At one point, Babitz cited Trump as a reason for suggesting the drugs might work.

    “Our president came out and suggested the medications,” Babitz said. “So we’re very confident this could make a significant difference.”

    https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/18/utah-hydroxychloroquine-scramble-course-correct/

    My gut tells me that if Ttump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, he’s most certainly not taking hydroxychloroquine . . .

    Or, maybe his doctors know enough about their greatest patient ever to simply nod and tell him his KFC nuggets are really deep fried hydroxychloroquine, just to shut the dumb fucker up?
     

  2. doremi says:

    Maybe this is why he looks so bad lately.  Worse than usual.   His face looks red and scaley.   

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      I thought there was a passage in Revelations when the Anti-Christ sheds his skin and reveals Satan in all his red, scaly horror.

    • kwtree says:

      Theories:

      He’s trying out a new makeup or makeup fixative that won’t smear onto a mask, if he should ever wear one. Or his makeup is causing an allergic reaction.

      He has Covid19 and he’s in that 20% or so that have a rash as a symptom. I’ve noticed that he seems to be having more trouble breathing- can’t finish a rant without pausing for breath- so that could also be a symptom,

      But, as Geotrge Conway notes:

       

      • notaskinnycook says:

        It could be affecting his breathing. The potentially fatal side effect of the drug is that it messes with the QT interval, how long the heart rests between beats. In the patients who have died, the heart rests and fails to start again. Not a good thing in a guy in his physical shape.

  3. skeptical citizen says:

    The real question is: what flavor of bleach does he drink to swallow the pills?

     

  4. Blackie says:

    Let us hope, (yes, I'm being nasty) that there is a medical malpractice lawsuit in Dr. Trump's future. 

  5. lilyflower says:

    Worse President in history.

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