No evidence that the drug, touted by President Trump, can effectively and safely treat COVID-19

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Federal researcher and vaccine development expert Rick Bright says he was removed from his position in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after objecting to the agency’s efforts to push the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment. There is no evidence that those drugs (or any drugs) are safe and effective treatments for COVID-19, but President Trump said something else. “It’s very strong, powerful medicine, but it doesn’t kill people. We have some very good results and some very good tests,” Trump said in an April 5th press briefing. But while there was some early data that showed it may help patients with COVID-19, but on the other side, studies showed that it didn’t offer any benefit — and might cause dangerous side effects. NIH treatment guidelines say there is not enough data to recommend either for or against the use of these medications. They say that patients should not take a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, an antibiotic, outside of the context of clinical trials.

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