On Monday, Donald Trump announced that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine daily for over a week now to keep from getting the coronavirus.
Trump has touted the drug for months despite medical experts stating there is no data showing it is effective against the coronavirus. Many medical experts also cited concerns with the drug side effects especially side effects that have to do with the heart.
Trump stated that the White House physician was aware that he was taking the medication, but he did not share what his thoughts or advice were on the subject. Trump adds that he is taking the hydroxychloroquine as a preventative and that he does not have the coronavirus or any of its symptoms.
After hearing Trump talk about taking the medication Dr. Sanjay Gupta an American neurosurgeon, and medical reporter told CNN that Trump “should not be taking it.”
“The FDA has said that this is still something under investigation. It should not be taken outside of a clinical trial. Only hospitalized patients should be getting it. What he said about it being used for malaria for decades is true, but what we have found more recently that people who have COVID there is real concerns about the impacts on the heart.”
Gupta added “This is one of those things that is going to cause a lot of confusion in people. According to his own FDA this should not be used outside of clinical trials or patients in the hospital. I hope, I don’t know who prescribed this for him. It is a prescription drug. I hope given that he does have a history of heart disease that he is being monitored so that he doesn’t develop a problem. I’m not suggesting he would, but obviously he has to be careful.”
“He shouldn’t be taking it he doesn’t qualify for usage,” Gupta said.
One of the biggest fears with Trump announcing that he is taking hydroxychloroquine is that people will go out to get prescriptions for the drug because Trump is using it and make the drug scarce for those who truly need it like those battling Lupus.