FDA Stops Emergency Use of Coronavirus Drugs Pushed by Trump

FDA Stops Emergency Use of Coronavirus Drugs Pushed by Trump

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn emergency use authorizations for two drugs touted by President Donald Trump as treatments for Coronavirus. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine will no longer be used in hospitals or clinical trials.

The drugs have failed in several recent clinical trials and there are major concerns that they can cause other dangerous health effects, particularly involving the heart. Many medical experts had already warned against their use in treating Covid-19

The FDA further found that the drugs, which are used to treat other illnesses such as malaria, ‘are unlikely to produce an antiviral effect’ against Coronavirus.

President Donald Trump publicly argued that the drugs, but especially hydroxychloroquine, should be used to treat the pandemic disease, but his claims were largely based on a discredited French study. He later claimed to be taking the drug himself, amid much skepticism.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor