New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Media and some Democrats have been going all-in on their attack on President Donald Trump for having the temerity for talking about the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine for the Wuhan coronavirus.
CNN’s Brian Stelter flipped out on him on Sunday, calling promoting the drug “dangerous”, and Rep. Tavia Galonski, an Ohio state representative and Joe Biden adviser, said she’d had “enough” and was going to file a complaint against him at The Hague for “crimes against humanity.”
Meanwhile, outside of that insanity, the FDA has approved it for other uses for decades and has approved it for emergency use for the virus. Moreover, a global study of 6227 doctors listed it as their “most effective therapy” so far.
Now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is adding to that positive view, according to his remarks in The Hill, about the trials they are running in NYC.
They have thousands of people taking it in the controlled trials.
While he noted that they needed to have a further period of study for the official data to come in, he noted that anecdotally, they were finding it had been effective.
Asked about the progress of the trials at his daily press briefing, Cuomo noted that state officials have allowed use of the drug in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax in hospitals “at their discretion.” He said the federal government would increase supplies to New York pharmacies, but that New York has imposed a 14-day limit to protect the supplies for people who rely on it to treat other medical conditions.
“The tests in the hospital, they’re too short a period of time to get a scientific report,” Cuomo said. “Hospital administrators, doctors want to have a significant data set before they give a formal opinion. Anecdotally, you’ll get suggestions that it has been effective. But we don’t have any official data yet from a hospital or a quote-unquote study, which will take weeks if not months.”
“There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising; that’s why we’re going ahead,” he added, noting that some patients have a pre-existing condition or medication regimen that prevents them from taking it.
Doctors have reported its effectiveness after their prescriptions, although they were obviously not in a controlled clinical trial and that would be “anecdotal.”
Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.
“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo told Eyewitness News. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”
Cardillo is the CEO of Mend Urgent Care, which has locations in Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and Burbank.
He said he has found it only works if combined with zinc. The drug, he said, opens a channel for the zinc to enter the cell and block virus replication.
He cautioned against people using it for mild conditions in order to prevent shortages. Other doctors have also reported success with a similar cocktail.
Media and some on the left have again been trying to push a false story about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position on the matter. What he said is that they can’t make a scientific judgment until more data is in. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t prescribe it for those in need. He too would prescribe it, as he said to Chris Stigall, according to a Townhall story on March 25.
“If you’re a doctor listening to me right now and a patient with coronavirus feels like they want to try that,” Stigall asked, “and you’re their doctor, you’re not Anthony Fauci the guy running the coronavirus task force, would you say ‘alright, we’ll give it a whirl’?”
“Yeah, of course, particularly if people have no other option,” Fauci said. “These drugs are approved drugs for other reasons. They’re anti-malaria drugs, and they’re drugs against certain autoimmune diseases like lupus. Physicians throughout the country can prescribe that in an off-label way. Which means they can write it for something it was not approved for.”