Could an Old Drug Be the Answer?
(UnitedVoice.com) – A peer-reviewed study has been released by a French doctor that purports to have shown a 100% success rate in treating COVID-19. While promising, optimism should be tempered with caution since the sample size of patients was limited.
Doctors reportedly gave patients 600mg of hydroxychloroquine (a.k.a. Chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug) daily, and for some patients, they added the antibiotic azithromycin (colloquially known as Z-Pack). This is the very drug President Donald Trump ordered the FDA to make available “very quickly.”
Open-label pilot trial found that hydroxychloroquine (antimalarial drug also used for lupus) has shown great promise in the treatment of COVID-19. Addition of the antibiotic azithromycin w/hydroxychloroquine was even better. More RCTs to confirm underway. https://t.co/5qfdITkc4i
— Dr. Rhonda Patrick (@foundmyfitness) March 19, 2020
The drug name might seem familiar to many because of the TV show M*A*S*H and the episode “The Red/White Blues.” Since that episode was based on a true occurrence from the Korean War (1950-1954), the medical world should be very familiar with the medicine and its possible side effects.
Scientists the world over will be studying and testing to see if the doctor in France struck gold. It’s too early to know if this will pan out, but it does give the world a shot of something it needs right about now: Hope.
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