In mid-March, U.S. President Donald Trump put pressure on health authorities to introduce untested drugs to treat coronavirus, Reuters reported April 4, citing sources.
We are talking about antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
Agency interlocutors said the U.S. leader’s health is a priority, so he personally appealed to federal officials to expedite the use of the drug. Shortly afterward, doctors were allowed to prescribe these medications for coronavirus infection.
It is noted that Trump asked specialists to approve drugs whose effectiveness against coronavirus has not been proven. However, according to the source, the use of the medications may be justified in an emergency situation, despite the fact that they can cause arrhythmias and interrupt the heart rhythm.
“In an ideal situation, you would never do that. But if you are aware of the security threat and the patient is willing to try it, it is worth it,” a health professional who recently left the government told the agency.
On March 30, it became known that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has authorized the supply of millions of doses of antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to hospitals in the country to treat coronavirus.
At that time, experts warned that the drugs were not tested enough and had many side effects, up to and including blindness.
According to Johns Hopkins University on the morning of April 5, 312 thousand cases have already been recorded in the U.S., almost 8.5 thousand people died. The United States leads in the number of infected people in the world.