The dark side of Trump’s favorite COVID-19 drug — 8/7/20

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Today we highlight an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel into an unproven remedy for COVID-19 repeatedly promoted by President Donald Trump. Reporters John Stauber and Daphne Chen found the drugs hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine have been tied to nearly 6,600 adverse events and nearly 300 deaths in the first six months of 2020. That is a massive increase over the same time period in 2019, when 75 people died and patients reported 3,251 negative effects of the anti-malarial drug. The adverse events included damage to the retina, severe low blood sugar, suicidal behavior and potentially fatal heart rhythms. 

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“The benefits really didn’t outweigh the risks. Our thought leaders have moved on. Hydroxychloroquine is not something that we should be messing around with.”

Philip Trapskin, program director for medication use safety at UW Health, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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