Coronavirus

Hydroxychloroquine Efficacy

By Theresa Raborn,

Republican Nominee for U.S. House (IL-02)

For 4 ½ months, our nation has been under various stages of lockdown, with a wide variety of effects, including limiting our constitutional rights, removing children from their schools, shutting down businesses, and arguments over wearing masks. 

According to Market Watch, 55% of businesses closed on YELP have shut down for good during the pandemic.[1]

Child abuse, domestic violence, suicides, depression, anxiety, and violent crime has skyrocketed.  Unemployment has gone from 3.5% in February to 14.7% in April and continued to hover over 11% in June.  The negative effects on our nation have been, and are, catastrophic.  The damage will be felt for generations to come.

On March 19, President Trump mentioned Hydroxychloroquine, a prescription medication, sending the media and Democrat leaders flew into a frenzy.  They are making every attempt to discredit President Trump and Hydroxychloroquine.  Many people began researching the medication, and many doctors had already started prescribing it to their patients who had COVID-19.  Doctors and nurses started speaking out about the efficacy of this medication, only to be faced with overwhelming censorship and vilification. 

NCBI:  Quinine and Chloroquine

However, this has not been a controversial medication.  NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) published a book, “Malaria Control During Mass Population Movements and Natural Disasters”, that has descriptions of various drugs listed in its Appendix A.  It states that Quinine was first isolated in 1820 and that “it is available in both oral and parenteral preparations and can be used in infants and pregnant women.  Side effects include nausea, dysphoria, blurred vision, and tinnitus and typically resolve after treatment has ended.”[2]

That book’s Appendix A also talks about Chloroquine as being a “derivative of quinine first synthesized in 1934”.  It goes on to state “Where chloroquine retains efficacy it can be safely used for treatment or prophylaxis of infants and pregnant women.  Side effects are uncommon and not generally serious.  These include nausea, headache, gastrointestinal disturbance, and blurred vision.  Some patients, especially if dark skinned, experience pruritus.”2  Pruritus is itchy skin.

CDC:  Chloroquine
The CDC has a fact sheet about Chloroquine.[3]


The CDC also has a fact sheet about Hydroxychloroquine.[4]  The excerpts are almost identical:

“Hydroxychloroquine can be prescribed to adults and children of all ages.  It can also be safely taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers.”

“What are the potential side effects of Hydroxychloroquine?  Hydroxychloroquine is a relatively well-tolerated medicine.  The most common adverse reactions reported are stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and headache.  These side effects can often be lessened by taking hydroxychloroquine with food.  Hydroxychloroquine may also cause itching in some people.”

Minor side effects such as nausea, occasional vomiting, or diarrhea usually do not require stopping the antimalarial drug.”

“How long is it safe to use Hydroxychloroquine?  CDC has no limits on the use of hydroxychloroquine for the prevention of malaria.  When hydroxychloroquine is used at higher doses for many years, a rare eye condition called retinopathy has occurred.  People who take hydroxychloroquine for more than five years should get regular eye exams.”

According to the WHO (World Health Organization)[5], the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)[6], and The Lancet[7], a highly respected medical journal, COVID-19 is the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2.

Virology Journal: Chloroquine is effective for SARS coronaviruses
On August 22, 2005, the Virology Journal published an article by 8 doctors and scientists.  Here are a few excerpts from the article titled, “Chloroquine is a Potent Inhibitor of SARS Coronavirus Infection and Spread[8]:

“Chloroquine has been widely used to treat human diseases, such as malaria, amoebiasis, HIV, and autoimmune diseases, without significant detrimental side effects.

Chloroquine, a relatively safe, effective and cheap drug used for treating many human diseases including malaria, amoebiasis and human immunodeficiency virus is effective in inhibiting the infection and spread of SARS CoV in cell culture.”

“…suggests a possible prophylactic and therapeutic use.”

“Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture.”

This article shows that it has been widely known in the medical community that 1) Chloroquine, and it’s safer version Hydroxychloroquine, are safe, effective, and cheap, 2) that Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine are effective both as a treatment and a vaccine for SARS-Coronaviruses, and 3) that they have known this for over 15 years.

WHO: Essential Medicines
The World Health Organization (WHO) published its 21st edition of “Model List of Essential Medicines” in 2019 (before all the controversy).  Since this list is published every two years, this is the most current edition.  Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine are both listed as essential medicines, but Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Viagra, Ativan, all the most common antidepressants, and many other popular medicines are NOT on this list.[9]  Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine were also on previous editions of this list. 

AAPS:  Lawsuits

The AAPS (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons) is seeking to get Hydroxychloroquine released to the public, citing how countries who “allow and encourage” HCQ have dramatically lower COVID-19 fatality rates when compared with countries that “banned or discouraged” the use of HCQ.[10]

A compilation of 66 studies from around the globe (39 peer-reviewed) showed early treatment had high effectiveness when HCQ was administered early, but late treatment had mixed reviews.[11]

On June 22, 2020, the judge in the AAPS case has issued a Preliminary Injunction[12] which states that the defendants are no longer allowed to place restrictions on the use of Hydroxychloroquine, are ordered to distribute “promptly and without interference” Hydroxychloroquine from the national stockpile, and ordered HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to retract all their unsupported disparaging statements made on June 16, including:

“FDA revoked the EUA for CQ and HCQ after determining that it is unlikely that CQ and HCQ may be effective in treating COVID-19.”

“Now, hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate can only be used for the treatment of COVID-19 as part of an ongoing clinical trial.”

Henry Ford Health System Hydroxychloroquine Study

On July 2, 2020, the Henry Ford Health System released its findings of a system-wide study about the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine.[13]  The study ran from March 10 – May 2 and analyzed 2,541 patients who had been hospitalized with COVID-19.  The death rate was cut in half, from 26.4% to 13% in the patients who received hydroxychloroquine.  But is this a reliable study?  The study was published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the peer-reviewed, open-access online publication of the International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID.org).[14] With this being a peer-reviewed study and published with a very reputable organization and publication, it is safe to say that this is a reliable study.

Popular Culture:  Art Imitating Life
The use of Quinine, Chloroquine, and Hydroxychloroquine to treat viruses, especially SARS-Coronaviruses, is so widespread and well-known that it has even been mentioned in popular culture.  In a 1979 episode of Little House on the Prairie, season 5, episode 23, titled “Mortal Mission”[15], there is an outbreak of Anthrax in Walnut Grove.  As people are dying and supplies are running low, the treatment that ends up being effective is quinine along with a few other medications.

In 2003, there was a television series, The Dead Zone, which aired an episode (“Plague”) on July 13, 2003.[16]  In that episode the children at a school become very sick with a “SARS-like coronavirus” and the school is quarantined.  It was traced back to originating in China.  The cure ends up being Chloroquine because the people in China who were not getting sick were malaria patients on Chloroquine. 

Off Label Use of FDA-Approved Medication

A major argument against the use of Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, is that these two medications have not been FDA approved for “this” particular disease.  The reality is that they do not have to be specifically approved for COVID-19 if they are FDA-approved medications.  The Mayo Clinic Proceedings issued an article[17] which answered common questions about “off-label drug use” (OLDU), which states:

“Indeed, OLDU [off-label drug use] is common.”

“When not classified as tools involved in research, medications can be prescribed and medical devices can be used in an off-label manner without FDA regulatory oversight.”

Once a medication is FDA-approved, meaning the FDA considers it safe and effective for specific conditions, it can be prescribed by a doctor for other conditions. 

Unprecedented Censorship

Last week, we saw 10 highly respected doctors, from across the nation, who just wanted to let YOU know that they have had astounding results treating hundreds of COVID patients EACH and all their patients had survived.  They wanted to let you know what that treatment was so you could talk to your doctor and make an informed decision.  These respected doctors were immediately censored on ALL social media platforms and their website was taken down in the biggest coordinated censorship attack ever on American soil.  But you can see their videos and research on a new website, www.americasfrontlinedoctorsummit.com.[18]

While we are inundated with tv commercials for Viagra, (a recreational drug that does not save lives, but may improve one’s sex life), anyone mentioning Hydroxychloroquine (which has saved lives for decades) is immediately censored.  Does this make sense to YOU?

The experts (CDC, WHO, FDA, AAPS, NCBI, The Lancet, Virology Journal, and others) agree that Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine has been a safe, effective, and cheap “essential” medication for decades.  These medicines only recently became “controversial”.  Why? Why are doctors who prescribe these two medicines suddenly being threatened with having their medical license revoked for merely prescribing these “essential”, safe, effective, and cheap medicines? 

Why would a relatively safe, effective, and cheap essential medication that has been prescribed to infants, children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers for decades suddenly become controversial as soon as President Trump mentioned it?  Shouldn’t this medication be prescribed to patients who are suffering from a deadly virus that supposedly does not have a cure or vaccine?  If your mom was in the hospital, on a ventilator, would you want the doctors to at least try this medication on your mom, knowing it has been safely given to infants and children?  If you answer yes, then you must wonder why it was not given to the more than 150,000 Americans who have lost their lives to this virus.  When people (media, politicians, etc.) act in ways that do not follow logical reasoning, we often “follow the money”.   Let us try that and see if we can find the answers to why such a “safe” medication is suddenly being criticized.

Over 150,000 Americans have died from, or with, COVID-19.  Many, if not most, of those victims could have been saved!  This opens the door for millions of family members of those victims may have grounds for wrongful death lawsuits.  It is my guess that many of those “on the hook” for these types of lawsuits will claim that the victims only died “with” COVID, but not “from” COVID, in order to mitigate their own responsibility for not administering chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine. 

If that is the case, it may suggest that the death toll was grossly inflated to commit fraud against the American people in order to incite fear in the masses.  It may show that there was never a justified reason to shut down the country, remove children from schools, shut down and destroy all those businesses, infringe on your constitutional rights, require masks worn in public, release convicted felons from jails and prisons, and so much more.  If this is the case, nearly every American will have grounds for lawsuits for the deprivation of Constitutional Rights and the devastation in each American’s life as a result.

So why are these two safe, effective, and cheap essential medications under attack and any positive mention of them is censored?  You already know the answer. 

Either most of these 150,000 Americans died needlessly or this was the biggest, most widespread national deception to ever be perpetuated on the American people.  The virus is real.  But, was the panic unnecessarily manufactured?  

And remember, President Trump NEVER ordered the nation to shut down; he merely offered “suggestions” or “recommendations”.  It was our governors and mayors who committed this atrocity against the American people.  President Trump tried to get the message out about hydroxychloroquine, only to be vilified for daring to mention this “safe, effective, and cheap” treatment.  He was right!  He was trying to save YOUR life.  And, so am I!

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

Sources:

[1] Pesce, N. L., (July 22, 2020).  55% of Businesses Closed on YELP Have Shut Down for Good During the CoronaVirus Pandemic. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/41-of-businesses-listed-on-yelp-have-closed-for-good-during-the-pandemic-2020-06-25, Accessed July 31, 2020.

[2] Bloland PB, Williams HA; National Research Council (US) Committee on Population; Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Malaria Control during Mass Population Movements and Natural Disasters. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2002. APPENDIX A, Description of Antimalarial Drugs. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK221160/.  Accessed July 31, 2020.

[3] “Medicines for the Prevention of Malaria While Traveling:  Chloroquine (Aralen™)”, CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Center for Global Health, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/resources/pdf/fsp/drugs/chloroquine.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1FttRx4euZelSnCgUcaN0Nl137a086ZNtQxcttqy5VNEJI6ivwB51oTUA.  Accessed August 1, 2020.

[4] “Medicines for the Prevention of Malaria While Traveling:  Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil™)”, CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Center for Global Health, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/resources/pdf/fsp/drugs/Hydroxychloroquine.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1lVp5ucnLK9g_crh1lro-BHlgFiqXT7sOP30lNVtTLvWCxZT5dcbB4MuM.  Accessed August 1, 2020.

[5] World Health Organization, Naming the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the Virus That Causes It, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/naming-the-coronavirus-disease-(covid-2019)-and-the-virus-that-causes-it, Accessed July 31, 2020.

[6] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “SARS-CoV-2 Viral Culturing at CDC”, Updated May 5, 2020.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/grows-virus-cell-culture.html.  Accessed July 31, 2020.

[7] Petersen MD, E., Koopmans DVM, M., Go MD, U., Hamer MD, D., Petrosillo MD, N., Catelli MD, F., Storgaard MD, M., Khalili MD, S., Simonsen PhD, L. (July 3, 2020). “Comparing SARS-CoV-2 with SARS-CoV and Influenza Pandemics”.  Summary section.  https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30484-9/fulltext, Accessed July 31, 2020.

[8] Vincent, M. J., Bergeron, E., Benjannet, S., Erickson, B. R., Rollin, P. E., Ksiazek, T. G., Seidah, N. G., & Nichol, S. T. (2005). Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread. Virology journal2, 69. https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-422X-2-69

[9] World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines, 21st List, 2019. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.  https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/325771/WHO-MVP-EMP-IAU-2019.06-eng.pdf?ua=1.  Accessed August 2, 2020.

[10] Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, June 22, 2020, “Preliminary Injunction Sought to Release Hydroxychloroquine to the Public”.  https://aapsonline.org/preliminary-injunction-sought-to-release-hydroxychloroquine-to-the-public/.  Accessed August 2, 2020.

[11] https://c19study.com/.  Accessed August 2, 2020.

[12] AAPS v. FDA et al., No. 1:20-cv-00493-RJJ-SJB, https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oUeDIaqxodyaY68ABFoBv1n0xZBF-nLT.  Accessed August 2, 2020.

[13] Henry Ford Health System, Division of Infectious Disease.  Zervos MD, Marcus J.  “Treatment with Hydroxychloroquine Cut Death Rate Significantly in COVID-19 Patients, Henry Ford Health System Study Shows”.  July 2, 2020.  https://www.henryford.com/news/2020/07/hydro-treatment-study.  Accessed August 3, 2020.

[14] International Journal of Infectious Diseases, “Treatment with Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin, and Combination in Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19”.  Arshad MPH., Samia; Kilgore MD, MPH, Paul; Chaudhry MD, Zohra S.; O’Neill MD, William; Zervos MD, Marcus J.; Henry Ford COVID-19 Task Force.  July 1, 2020.  https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)30534-8/fulltext.  Accessed August 3, 2020.

[15] “Mortal Mission”, Little House on the Prairie, Season 5, Episode 23, https://www.imdb.com/tv/watch/tt0633053?ref_=lgn_tt_wbr_fdv.  Accessed July 31, 2020.

[16] “Plague”, The Dead Zone, Season 2, Episode 14, https://www.imdb.com/tv/watch/tt0556179?ref_=tt_wbr_fdv.  Accessed July 31, 2020.

[17] Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  Wittich MD PharmD, Christopher M.; Burkle MD JD, Christopher M.; Lanier MD, William L.  August 8, 2012.  “Ten Common Questions (and Answers) About Off-Label Drug Use”.  https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(12)00683-0/fulltext.  Accessed August 3, 2020.

[18] America’s Frontline Doctors.  Gold MD JD, Simone; Clark MD, Teryn; Urso MD, Richard; Todaro MD, James M.; Barke MD, Jeff; Barbour MD, Scott A.; Held MD, Kristin S.; Ladapo MD PhD, Joseph A.; McDonald MD, Mark; Hamilton MD, Robert C.  https://americasfrontlinedoctorsummit.com/.  Accessed August 3, 2020.

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  • Theresa Raborn
    published this page 2020-03-26 11:55:50 -0500