Monday, May 18, 2020

Trump and Hydroxychloroquine

Trump's most recent claim that he is taking the anti-malarial, lupus, and arthritis drug Hydroxychloroquine proves one thing - his doctor is not above medical ethical norms and draws into questions his other high profile interactions with the public, like his odd bill of good health for the president a couple years back.

If the president can demand a drug not approved for the treatment of Coronavirus by the FDA and that studies have found dangerous in certain populations, what is to prevent another drug manufacturer from seeding news stories on Fox News or Jared Kushner's Facebook page to drum up sales of their medicines? Imagine if Martin Shkreli got his request for temporary release from prison and used his connections to further enrich himself with fraudulent claims?

And let's not forget the numerous people whose lives will be at risk because they are following the president's example. We already saw a couple drink pool chemicals because the ingredients sounded like what Trump was pushing. Now imagine how many MAGA hat-wearing folks will go to their family doctors requesting these drugs for their own safety (while protesting about their right to dine out and not wear a mask).

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