Controversial COVID Treatments Begin

Controversial COVID Treatments Begin

( – A drug used to treat malaria has been a hot topic for the last couple of weeks. President Donald Trump’s administration thinks hydroxychloroquine could be a potential treatment for the virus based on a few small studies. The FDA gave doctors the go-ahead to prescribe it in emergency situations. It looks like that’s exactly what’s happening in New York.

In March, Governor Andrew Cuomo said doctors could prescribe the medication in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax. Fox News is now reporting an official with the state’s Health Department said the drug was sent to 56 hospitals and was given to 4,000 patients. Those people will receive doses in 4 or 10-day regimens.

On April 6, Governor Cuomo said results are “anecdotally” effective, but more testing needs to take place.

Dr. Anthony Cardillo, a physician in Los Angeles, told local news station ABC 7 he’s also seeing positive results from hydroxychloroquine when it’s combined with zinc.

There are positive signs of the medicine working. However, whether or not to take the drug is a decision best made by doctors and their patients. Americans have a right to decide for themselves if it’s something they want to try.

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