US President Donald Trump on Tuesday revealed that he will continue taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent a COVID-19 infection despite the fact that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expressed concern over the drug’s side effects.
Trump’s comment during a cabinet meeting comes after he revealed on Monday he was taking hydroxychloroquine with zinc daily, with his physician’s approval, as a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus.
According to Trump, the study was “false.”
“That was a false study done. Where they gave it very sick people. Extremely sick people. People that were ready to die. It was given by obviously not friends of the administration,” Trump noted.
Even though researchers and hospitals are still using hydroxychloroquine to treat some patients, the FDA has warned against the use of the drug outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial.
Hydroxychloroquine is used in malaria and autoimmune disease treatment. Trump referred to it as a possible “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19 after some epidemiologists suggested that the drug can be effective against the new virus, if combined with zinc and azithromycin, Sputnik reported.
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