Prescriptions For Hydroxychloroquine Soared 2,000% After Trump Backed Drug
prescriptions surged 1,977%, from 2,208 to 45,858
The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine saw prescriptions surge nearly 2,000% during March after President Donald Trump touted the drug for treating COVID-19.
From March 15 to March 21, prescriptions surged 1,977%, from 2,208 to 45,858, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association
It also found that prescriptions for a 30-day to 60-day supply jumped 179%, from 70,472 to 196,606, and a more than 60-day supply rose 182%, from 44,245 to 124,833.
But post-peak of the virus saw hydroxychloroquine prescriptions steadily decline.
A total of 483,425 excess fills of the drug were issued during the 10-week period in March when compared to the same time in 2019.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Wednesday, argued that t hydroxychloroquine was not effective in treating the coronavirus.
In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered 1 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine as it faced the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
"It's a powerful drug on malaria, and there are scientific works on this. Some strong signs," Trump said at the time.
"What do you have to lose? If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn't do it early."
Last month, a leading infectious disease expert praised the malaria drug describing their effectiveness against COVID-19 as "the beginning of the end of the pandemic."
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“I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic,” Smith said.
“I’m very serious.”
The New York Times reported in April that “the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helped to speed the recovery of a small number of patients who were mildly ill from the coronavirus, doctors in China reported this week.”
“Cough, fever, and pneumonia went away faster, and the disease seemed less likely to turn severe in people who received hydroxychloroquine than in a comparison group not given the drug,” the Times added.
“Previous reports from China and France that the drug seemed to help patients, along with enthusiastic comments from President Trump, have created a buzz around hydroxychloroquine and the closely related chloroquine, which are decades-old drugs used to treat malaria and autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.”