Pres. Trump Says he is Taking Hydroxychloroquine Despite FDA Warnings
President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 despite warnings from health officials not to.
Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat or prevent malaria and to treat autoimmune conditions.
Back in March, the president touted the medication as a “game changer” in treating coronavirus. But according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the medication does not work against COVID-19.
And it could cause heart problems.
During a press briefing Monday, President Trump continued to back the drug and announced he got the all-clear from his doctor to take it.
“It’s been around for 40 years. For malaria, for lupus, for other things. I take it. Frontline workers take it. A lot of doctors take it,” he said.
The Food and Drug Administration has said hydroxychloroquine should only be used to treat COVID-19 patients being monitored in a hospital.