As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the nation, health experts continue to offer updates on how to stay safe and deal with the virus.
Former President Donald Trump regularly endorsed treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a drug initially used to deal with malaria that now treats autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
After numerous clinical trials last spring, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute of Health and the bigger scientific community have cautioned versus using the drug to treat COVID-19, citing ineffectiveness, lack of benefits and risk of heart rhythm issues.
A brand-new post released in this month’s edition of The American Journal of Medication (AJM) distributed on social networks today led many individuals to think the journal is now endorsing using HCQ to treat COVID-19 as a political move after Trump left office.
Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in-chief of the AJM, stated the journal does not endorse HCQ treatment for COVID-19
” This article does not imply the journal suggested this therapy,” he stated. “The authors suggested it just as others advise other interventions. We just release their findings and suggestions.”
Alpert said the journal frequently presents several sides of a clinical argument.
” We have actually also released posts from other authorities that said do not utilize it [HCQ treatment],” he stated. “This is still controversial with two sides saying various things. Frequently we have editorials that dispute the post’s suggestions. We are a scientific journal and do not press or suggest any specific thing. The authors do that.”
The article was put together last spring and was published online in August, all when Trump was still in workplace. When the short article was submitted to the journal, Alpert said the information was questionable however not unreasonable at the time.
The short article provides information from the time showing that in a test tube lab, the drugs disrupted the regular reproduction of the coronavirus. The authors advocate for more testing into the impact of HCQ and other representatives on COVID-19
Alpert stated the authors of the article were coming from a location of desperation, as the coronavirus continued to take more lives.
” You see this a lot in scientific medication,” he said. “When you’re desperate, you state, ‘Here are things that look like they worked in the lab and it might deserve attempting.’ However sometimes even if it has results in a test tube, does not imply it constantly operates in human trials.”
Subsequent studies came out that revealed the drug did not work on patients who were currently sick. Alpert said the drug might be useful as a preventative procedure but those studies have actually not been commonly done.
” We require more data, it’s a brand-new virus and we don’t have all the responses right now,” Alpert said. “Science is a constantly progressing entity. What is true today can be incorrect tomorrow with new studies and new observations.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Contagious Illness and primary medical adviser in the Biden administration, constantly pushed back against Trump’s support of HCQ treatment.
While some brand-new studies reveal the use of the HCQ drug can lower hospitalizations for individuals with COVID-19, these studies are minimal and suggest additional investigation into the drug’s effectiveness for outpatient treatment of COVID-19
The American Journal of Medication does not back the use of hydroxychloroquine to deal with COVID-19