CNN: Researchers publish scathing critique of a hydroxychloroquine study touted by the White House

CNN: Researchers publish scathing critique of a hydroxychloroquine study touted by the White House. “Researchers on Wednesday published scathing critiques of a study President Trump repeatedly touted on Twitter. That study, published earlier this month in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, claimed to show that hydroxychloroquine saved lives. President Trump tweeted about it enthusiastically.”

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment after DeWine’s request

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment after DeWine’s request. “Hydroxychloroquine has been touted by President Donald Trump as a way to treat and prevent the coronavirus. The Ohio pharmacy board planned to ban the drug as a COVID-19 treatment until Gov. Mike DeWine spoke up about it. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has changed course on its ban of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as coronavirus treatments following the governor’s urging to do so.”

NBC News: Dark money and PAC’s coordinated ‘reopen’ push are behind doctors’ viral hydroxychloroquine video

NBC News: Dark money and PAC’s coordinated ‘reopen’ push are behind doctors’ viral hydroxychloroquine video. “A dozen doctors delivered speeches in front of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to a small crowd, claiming without evidence that the coronavirus could be cured and that widely accepted efforts to slow its spread were unnecessary and dangerous. It was the latest video to go viral from apparent experts, quietly backed by dark money political organizations, evangelizing treatments for or opinions about the coronavirus that most doctors, public health officials and epidemiologists have roundly decried as dangerous misinformation.”

The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing. “For more than two weeks in April, a drug regimen that included hydroxychloroquine was routinely dispensed at the struggling center, often for patients who had not been tested for covid-19 and for those who suffered from medical conditions known to raise the risk of dangerous side effects, interviews, emails and medical notes and records obtained by The Washington Post show. Though precise estimates vary, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said about 30 residents received the drug. Several nursing home staff members placed the number higher. The Chester County coroner, who reviewed the medical records for some of those who died, said at least 11 residents who had received the hydroxychloroquine treatment had not been tested for covid-19.”

CNN: Study finds hydroxychloroquine may have boosted survival, but other researchers have doubts

CNN: Study finds hydroxychloroquine may have boosted survival, but other researchers have doubts. “A surprising new study found the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital. But the findings, like the federal government’s use of the drug itself, were disputed.”

NBC News: FDA pulls emergency use authorization of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

NBC News: FDA pulls emergency use authorization of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. “The Food and Drug Administration rescinded the emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients on Monday, saying the drug carries too many risks without any apparent benefit. The authorization was first issued in March, and applied to patients hospitalized with the illness and those in clinical trials. In April, the FDA warned doctors against prescribing the drug to COVID-19 patients outside of those settings. Monday’s action will not affect clinical trials, which are expected to continue.”

Politico: Florida ordered 1M doses of a Trump-touted drug. Hospitals didn’t want it

Politico: Florida ordered 1M doses of a Trump-touted drug. Hospitals didn’t want it. “Florida is sitting on more than 980,000 unused doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug President Donald Trump touted as a ‘game changer’ in the fight against the coronavirus, after only a handful of hospitals in the state asked for access to the medicine.”

Newswise: More evidence of no survival benefit in COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine

Newswise: More evidence of no survival benefit in COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine. “A study of electronic medical records from US Veterans Health Administration medical centers has found that hydroxychloroquine–with or without azithromycin–did not reduce the risk of ventilation or death and was associated with longer length of hospital stay. This analysis, published June 5 in the journal Med, is the first in the US to report data on hydroxychloroquine outcomes for COVID-19 from a nationwide integrated health system.”

STAT News: Lancet, New England Journal retract Covid-19 studies, including one that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs

STAT News: Lancet, New England Journal retract Covid-19 studies, including one that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs. “The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, on Thursday retracted an influential study that raised alarms about the safety of the experimental Covid-19 treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine amid scrutiny of the data underlying the paper. Just over an hour later, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a separate study, focused on blood pressure medications in Covid-19, that relied on data from the same company.”

BuzzFeed News: Internal FDA Documents Show How Little Evidence The Agency Had Before Allowing Malaria Drugs To Be Used To Treat COVID-19

BuzzFeed News: Internal FDA Documents Show How Little Evidence The Agency Had Before Allowing Malaria Drugs To Be Used To Treat COVID-19. “The Food and Drug Administration authorized two malaria drugs boosted by President Donald Trump to treat COVID-19 in March based on threadbare evidence, according to an agency review obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The review also raised serious questions about shoddy practices at overseas factories that manufactured and donated the drugs for use in American hospitals, according to the documents.”

Washington Post: VA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans

Washington Post: VA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans. “The Department of Veterans Affairs has drastically scaled back the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans with coronavirus infections after a major study raised questions about its efficacy and linked it to serious side effects, including higher risks of death. Testifying before the House Appropriations subcommittee on military construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie defended the continued use of the unproven drug but said it was used just three times last week.”

CNBC: WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment amid safety concerns

CNBC: WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment amid safety concerns. “The World Health Organization on Monday temporarily suspended its trial of hydroxycholoroquine, the drug backed by President Donald Trump to combat the deadly coronavirus, over safety concerns.”

NBC News: Trump says he’s no longer taking hydroxychloroquine

NBC News: Trump says he’s no longer taking hydroxychloroquine. “President Donald Trump said he had ‘just finished’ taking a two-week course of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, the medication he has vigorously promoted as a preventative or curative treatment for the coronavirus, even as evidence piles up that the drug may cause more harm than good.”

Washington Post: Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says

Washington Post: Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says. “A study of 96,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients on six continents found that those who received an antimalarial drug promoted by President Trump as a ‘game changer’ in the fight against the virus had a significantly higher risk of death compared with those who did not. People treated with hydroxychloroquine, or the closely related drug chloroquine, were also more likely to develop a type of irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, that can lead to sudden cardiac death, it concluded.”