Dr.Oz Reverses Course on Coronavirus Drug Pushed by Trump After New Study
After weeks of touting an unproven anti-malarial drug as a potential coronavirus cure, Dr. Mehmet Oz did an abrupt about-face on Wednesday, noting that a recent study shows “we don’t know” if hydroxychloroquine works as a COVID-19 treatment.
Appearing on Fox & Friends, Oz was asked by co-host Brian Kilmeade—who has also been heavily promoting the drug—to react to a Veterans Administration study that found no benefit to hydroxychloroquine and that there was actually a higher rate of death among coronavirus patients who received it as treatment.
“The VA study looked at older and quite a bit sicker patients—all male patients—in their hospitals and they showed that the drug by itself didn’t help, it might harm that population,” the TV doctor replied.
He pointed out that other studies he has previously hyped found the drug had some effectiveness as a treatment, but added that those studies found the benefits came when patients received the drug early on. He also noted that the studies were different in nature, as the VA study was retrospective.
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