VA Study Finds No Benefit In Treating COVID-19 Patients With Hydroxychloroquine
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Despite how President Donal Trump had touted the malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, for treating the novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19), the use of hydroxychloroquine showed no benefit but more deaths in a nationwide study with 368 male veteran patients hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infection either died or discharged by April 11, 2020, of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, according to researchers.
This study, supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Virginia, has been submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine, but has not yet been reviewed by other scientists.
The result of the study indicates (you may also read the conclusion of the study by clicking HERE):
- 27.8% of patients who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died
- 11.4% of patients getting routine care died
- 22.1% of patients getting hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin died
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, NIH issued new treatment guidelines from a panel of experts, indicating that there was not sufficient evidence to recommend for or against chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. NIH also advised against using hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin due to potential negative side effects.
A new, unpublished study found that hydroxychloroquine, a drug President Trump has cited as key in fighting coronavirus, has a higher death rate among coronavirus patients compared to those not on the drug, in the video “New study shows hydroxychloroquine didn’t work against COVID-19“, below:
The Associated Press reports a VA study found no benefit to coronavirus patients taking hydroxychloroquine, so have some effective treatments been found? Dr. Kativa Patel explains, in the video “Study Find No Benefit To Trump-Touted Drug For COVID-19 Patients, The 11th Hour“, below:
Watch the top news stories and highlights from The Rachel Maddow Show, airing weeknights at 9 p.m. MSNBC, in the video “Watch Rachel Maddow Highlights: April 22, MSNBC“, below:
Apparently other countries have also been studying the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for cases of COVID-19. In a study done in China and released on March 16, 2020: 93% of control group (no hydroxychloroquine) were tested negative with the virus after 7 days whereas in the experimental group of patients being treated with hydroxychloroquine, only 87% were tested negative with the virus after 7 days. No conclusion is drawn from this study and the study did not get much publicity.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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