Huge New Study: Drug Trump Claims He’s Taking Linked to Significantly Higher Risk of Death

Huge New Study: Drug Trump Claims He’s Taking Linked to Significantly Higher Risk of Death

A major new study on hydroxychloroquine has linked use of the drug to a significantly increased risk of death. President Donald Trump has been touting the drug as a treatment for Coronavirus and recently claimed he was taking it himself.

British medical journal The Lancet carried out a huge study of 96,000 people across six continents and found that patients taking hydroxychloroquine had a 34 percent increased in risk of death and a 137 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmia.

The study further found that the particular cocktail of drugs recommended by the President – hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic – carried a 45 percent increased risk of death. This combination also had a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmia.

Patients given the related drug chloroquine had similar increased risks of death and harm to their health. Those on the drug had a 37 percent increased risk of death and a 256 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmia. Those taking chloroquine and an antibiotic had the same increased risk of death and a 301 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmia.

President Trump recently claimed he’s taking the drug as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus, this is despite medical advice that it can be dangerous. This new study is a very serious indication that anyone taking hydroxychloroquine in this way is putting their health at risk.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor