Florida Orders 1M Doses of Hydroxychloroquine as it Braces for COVID-19 Peak
State to give Trump touted drug to patients suffering from coronavirus
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered 1 million doses of President Donald Trump touted drug Hydroxychloroquine, as it prepares for the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
Florida is expected to reach its apex in terms of cases and deaths from the virus towards the end of April.
“This is something that a physician recommends under supervision,” DeSantis said, WPEC in Palm Beach reported.
The anti-malarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, was touted by the president, despite him receiving backlash from Democrats and liberal new outlets.
"It's a powerful drug on malaria, and there are scientific works on this. Some strong signs," Trump said this weekend.
"What do you have to lose? If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn't do it early."
But some members of Trump's White House task force said there wasn't enough reliable evidence proving the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine.
"The data are really just, at best, suggestive. There have been cases that show there may be an effect, and there are others to show there’s no effect," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
The doses will be sent to hospitals in high-population areas of the state.
“Nobody really knows whether this drug works or not,” Olayemi Osiyemi, an infectious disease doctor in West Palm Beach, told local media.
“We’ve used it, but we haven’t really seen success.”
Meanwhile, up to 4,000 New Yorkers seriously ill with COVID-19 are being treated with the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, New York state health officials say.
Additionally, a Los Angeles doctor praised the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, claiming people infected with the coronavirus can go from "very ill" to "basically symptom-free" in a matter of hours.
Dr. Anthony Cardillo praised President Donald Trump-touted drug during an interview with a local news station on Sunday.
The LA doctor and CEO of Mend Urgent Care claim the antimalarial medication has a dramatic effect on patients who are seriously ill when it's combined with zinc Dr. Cardillo made the remarks during an interview with ABC 7 news anchor Jory Rand.
“What we’re finding clinically with our patients is that it really only works in conjunction with zinc,” Cardillo said.
"So the hydroxychloroquine opens the zinc channel, zinc goes into the cell, it then blocks the replication of the cellular machinery."
“So, it has to be used in conjunction with zinc. We are seeing some clinical responses in that regard," Cardillo continued.
"There are people that take it regularly for other disease processes; we have to be cautious and mindful that we don’t prescribe for patients who have COVID that are well."
"It really should be reserved for people that are really sick, in the hospital, or at home very sick that need that medication; otherwise, we’re going to blow through our supply for the patients that take it regularly for other disease processes."
“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill, and within 8-12 hours they were basically symptom-free, and so, clinically, I am seeing a resolution that mirrors what we saw in the French study and some of the other studies worldwide,” Cardillo said.